Assembly Passes Landmark Bill to Protect Janitors from Rape on the Job

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement today after the Assembly passed AB 1978 (Gonzalez) on a 51-23 vote. The Property Services Worker Protection Act enacts important reforms in a low-road property services industry that leaves janitors uniquely vulnerable to rape and sexual harassment on the job.

David Huerta, President of SEIU United Service Workers West (USWW), said:

“Today’s victory in the Assembly belongs to the immigrant women workers who are rising up against sexual and economic abuse on the job. We join these brave women in applauding Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and the legislators who took a stand against rape on the night shift with today’s vote.

“The movement of immigrant women and their sisters and brothers in labor and the community is gaining momentum with this victory and with important and hard-won protections against sexual assault in new contracts won by workers in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Bay Area. When passed by the Senate and signed by Governor Brown, this bill will give the women who do the tough job of cleaning our offices greater personal security and dignity.”

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