Report: Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Harsh Treatment of Staff Belies Pro-Worker Reputation 

Report: Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Harsh Treatment of Staff Belies Pro-Worker Reputation 


Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) has spent her five years in Congress burnishing her pro-worker credentials. In May, Jayapal introduced the Paycheck Recovery Act to cover the paychecks of workers laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic, but laid off her own staff in November 2020.

Buzz Feed News conducted a three-month investigation on Jayapal, who is chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and reported on the staff layoffs. Chris Evans, a spokesperson for the congresswoman, told Buzz Feed News the decision was made to “best utilize” the office’s resources.

Buzz Feed News reported:

Despite the fact that Jayapal is one of the highest-profile progressives in DC and the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, 14 former staffers from throughout her nearly five years in Congress describe a dysfunctional and volatile workplace. There is, they said, a serious disconnect between how she talks about workers’ rights and how she

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