Anabel Garcia from Santa Rosa has been cleaning homes for 19 years. She was asked to use harsh chemicals that impacted her vision and breathing. She was hired by insurance companies after the California wildfires to clean up ash-covered homes, while smoke billowed heavily in the air. Without protective gear, she had difficulty breathing and developed allergies. She cleaned houses where she was not allowed to use the bathroom. Now she is cleaning homes during a pandemic, unsure if any of her clients could be a carrier of the coronavirus.
As she supports two children, a stepfather and a husband diagnosed with cancer, Garcia feels obligated to accept the conditions imposed by her employers.