What’s in a wage? From pizza shop owners to house cleaners, voices on raising Maryland’s hourly minimum to $15

Aaron Seyedian moved to Washington, D.C., to make a difference in the world, and when he found that his work was unfulfilling, he decided to put his money and his career on the line to test his values. He’d long supported the concept of paying workers a living wage, but rarely saw proof of it in action.

After some research, he founded Well-Paid Maids, a housecleaning service that pays its workers $17 per hour.

“I wanted there to be a living, breathing case study that advocates can point to,” Seyedian said.

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