A window cleaner who works in the glass industry in Houston, Texas, is outraged by the riot glass window repair window repair industry that has been in place for nearly 20 years.
“I’ve been doing this window cleaner job for nearly a decade and a half, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said the window cleaner, who asked that her name not be used.
“This is not a good situation.”
In the summer of 2013, the Houston-based company, GlassLights Glass, was shut down by state regulators after a federal judge ordered the company to close.
According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Houston by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the company has over 700 window cleaners in Texas, including some who work in the Houston area.
“The people that are being paid, they’re the same people that were being paid at the same time, and it’s disgusting,” the window repair worker said.
“You can see where they’re getting their money, and they’re making less money than they should be making.”
Houston-area residents, who were told that glass repair is “not a skill that requires extensive training,” were put on a waiting list for a window cleaner to be trained to clean windows.
“In the end, they just told them, ‘Don’t come in here unless you have a permit,'” said the teary-eyed window cleaner.
“That’s the only thing that I’ve been told by GlassLIGHTS that they can’t do.”
The Houston window repair workers are angry because the state has been telling them to wait to be licensed, and when they finally did receive their permits, they were told they couldn’t work for the rest of the year.
The Houston-Houston Area has more than 600,000 residents and more than 30 million square feet of commercial space, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“GlassLights doesn’t have a license, so they can be in violation of the law,” said a person who answered the phone at GlassLIGHT.
The window cleaner also said that the company should have known it was not allowed to be in the window cleaning business, and should have just asked to be hired by the state.
“There was no way to tell that they weren’t going to get a permit,” the tearful window cleaner said.
According in a lawsuit obtained by the Houston Press, the window cleaners work on windows that are up to 40 inches high and are in poor condition.
The lawsuit said that when GlassLighters’ license was revoked, they filed a lawsuit to overturn the ruling, but the Houston Office of Administrative Law did not respond to the lawsuit.
“Our case is not just about this window repair business,” the Houston window cleaner told the station.
“We are going to fight to protect Houstonians and the state from these abuses.”