This founder hopes to force stronger labor laws, starting by paying domestic workers fairly

Aaron Seyedian is careful to make the ever-so-slight distinction between his housekeeping business and its quasi-competitors. Well-Paid Maids is not a company that simply happens to pay a living wage. It’s a living-wage cleaning company. Its entire branding rests on the idea of treating employees justly.

For the 12 maids on board, that means a starting wage of $17, with merit increases; health, dental, and vision insurance from day one; 22 days of paid time off per year; and unemployment insurance and short-term disability insurance in case of termination or injury. 

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