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14 Dec 2015

Andrew Donohue, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, on PBS Frontline (USA)

USA: ABM, largest janitorial firm, to conduct outside review of rape claims by employees after settling lawsuit

"Sexual Abuse Claims to Face Outside Review at Nation’s Biggest Janitorial Firm", 11 Dec. 2015

The nation’s largest janitorial company has agreed to an outside review of rape claims made by its female janitors in California, adding a new layer of oversight for a company with a history of facing accusations that it failed to prevent sexual violence.

ABM Industries Inc. made the pledge as part of a settlement announced Wednesday night with Maria Bojorquez, a former employee who said she was raped by a supervisor while cleaning San Francisco’s Ferry Building in 2004. ABM, and the Bojorquez case specifically, were featured prominently in Rape on the Night Shift, a recent investigation into sexual abuse in the janitorial industry... 

Jennifer Reisch, Bojorquez’s attorney, announced the settlement Wednesday. Because the settlement is confidential, she said she could offer few details beyond the fact that ABM would open itself up to outside review... Company officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment...

The project uncovered accusations of abuse at companies large and small. ABM is the largest and most sophisticated... The company has said its policies for sexual abuse are the gold standard in the industry.