Sexual assault can happen anywhere. But the way the problem has played out in the workplace largely has escaped public attention. And the night shift janitor is an easy target for abuse.
Listen to KQED’s three-part radio series for our Rape on the Night Shift investigation.
La mujer que limpia por la jornada nocturna es un blanco fácil para el abuso. Ella entra a fichar después de que el último trabajador haya apagado las luces y cerrado las puertas con llave.
ABM Industries Inc. has a history of being sued for failing to stop sexual abuse on the job.
The reforms came after the Rape on the Night Shift project first uncovered pervasive sexual violence in the janitorial industry.
A growing number of female night-shift janitors in California are publicly telling their stories of on-the-job rape, sexual assault and harassment to support a state bill aimed at preventing workplace sexual violence.
Female hotel cleaners from across the country face sexual harassment and indecent exposure. In the past decade, 818 incidents were reported to the federal government by hotel industry workers.
ABM Industries has agreed to an outside review of rape claims made by female janitors in California, adding a new layer of oversight for a company with a history of accusations that it failed to prevent sexual violence.
In Reveal’s July episode, we examine the hidden problem of sexual assault of female janitors on the night shift; explore the legacy of toxic chemicals used in electronics manufacturing, both here and in Asia; and take to the fields to explore why it was so hard to ban a tool that was injuring agricultural workers.
Working under the cover of darkness, night shift janitors are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and rape. In this segment, we hear from members of a nonprofit who try to root out abuses in the cleaning industry; women who’ve sued janitorial companies for failing to protect them; and an accused rapist who has run his own cleaning company.