Capitol Hill is awash with stories of staffers either being mistreated or feeling they’ve been mistreated. Staff turnover in many offices is quite high, and media outlets regularly report on egregious examples of abuse.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is latest example of a congressperson allegedly mistreating their staff, according to Buzzfeed News, which spent months speaking to current and former staffers, reviewing documents and text messages, and corroborating accounts with witnesses.
As the outlet pointed out, junior Hill staffers are subjected to long hours and low pay for the area in which they must live. While an annual salary of $30,000-$40,000 may be fine in many parts of the country, it requires many sacrifices to earn that much and live in one of the most expensive cities in the U.S.
Jayapala has been in congress since January 2017 and presents herself as a progressive advocate for workers. In 2020, she was elected to chair the Congressional Progressive Caucus. But staffers told Buzzfeed