Nelson Law Group
Employment Law Attorneys
SF Bay Area : 415-689-6590
Toll Free : 866-290-0424

Night-shift cleaners in California fight sexual harassment

Working alone at night may make anyone vulnerable to many hazards. One group of people who often work alone are night-shift janitors. A woman janitor working alone at night may also have to fear sexual harassment or assault as well as other dangers. A group of women in California is working for more protection for women janitors on the night shift.

The Property Services Worker Protection Act is making its way toward being signed into law. The bill would necessitate special sexual harassment and violence prevention training for employees of janitorial businesses. Custodial firms would face fines if they fail to register with the state for monitoring of sexual harassment reports. Finally, the law would mandate that female janitors work in pairs since working alone is what makes women especially vulnerable to sexual assault.

While the California Chamber of Commerce believes the bill would be costly and difficult to enforce, officers for the janitorial union applaud the efforts. The union is also taking steps to deal with harassment through its contract negotiations. Unfortunately, a recent study reported that many janitorial workers may not admit to being harassed or assaulted because they fear retaliation. Many women custodians in California are also immigrants who may have other reasons for not reporting the attacks.

Women cleaners in California hope that this bill will give those who face sexual harassment on the job confidence to report the crime. More importantly, by complying with the new laws, janitorial businesses can help reduce or eliminate the danger to women on their staff. In the meantime, women who face a hostile work environment may decide to reach out to an attorney to discuss legal options.

Source:, "Janitors on the night shift fight for sexual-abuse protections", Bernice Yeung, June 3, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information


Representing both employers and employees makes me a better lawyer, because I know how the other side thinks.

Read More


I can provide the same level of service as a large law firm, but more efficiently and at a lower cost.

Read More

How Can We Help ?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Keep In Touch

Nelson Law Group
345 West Portal Avenue
Suite 110
San Francisco, California 94127

Toll Free: 866-290-0424
Phone: 415-689-6590
Fax: 415-592-8671
Map & Directions
San Francisco Law Office Map