Bloomberg | Jan. 27, 2019 at 5:15AM The term “invisible” is not usually used to describe workers who have been forced to work in unsafe conditions, including child care.
The term was coined by a German health care worker who had been working in a child care center when she was raped by her employer.
She eventually lost her job.
The German labor ministry said that its decision to use the term in an official report on the sexual abuse of workers was motivated by the need to improve awareness among public health authorities and to protect workers’ rights.
“The use of the term ‘invisibility’ reflects the need for awareness and protection in public health,” said the ministry, which added that the term was not intended to imply the worker was safe from exploitation.
However, in an interview with CNN, a former worker who worked as an “invisible” care worker told the network that the idea of working in an unsafe setting, and not being able to report the abuse, was ingrained in her.
“It is so common for workers to feel that they have to put on masks and wear gloves to go to work,” said Andrea Kallmann, who spent eight years as an in-house care worker at a children’s hospital in Austria.
“When I was working in Austria, it was quite a shock to see how unsafe I felt.”
She added that in the U.S., there are some in-person protections for workers who are sexually abused.
The workers who were interviewed said that they were sometimes told to wear masks while in the building.
“I had to wear a mask to get into the building,” said one of the former care workers who spoke to CNN.
“But then they put me in the back, and I had to carry it with me in case I had an accident or something like that.”
The former care worker said that she had also experienced the threat of retaliation from her former employer when she filed a complaint.
“He threatened to fire me, and that he would have to pay a lot of money if I didn’t quit,” she said.
“You’re just not supposed to complain.
You have to be ashamed.
So I quit, and since then, I’ve been very careful.
I’m very careful now.
I’ve never been in a situation like that again.”
The report on sexual abuse is just one of many findings by the German government that the nation’s care workers need to have the support they need to thrive.
In May, the U,S.
and other governments signed a memorandum of understanding on addressing sexual abuse in Germany’s care sector.
However as the Associated Press reported in February, the agreement was struck before a U.N. panel issued its final report on Germany’s treatment of care workers.
The panel concluded that the country’s care system has not been overhauled and that the number of sexual assaults against women was on the rise, but the German authorities said that the investigation and treatment of sexual abuse victims has been improved.
The Associated Press also reported that some women in Germany have reported being raped in their care facilities and have said they were afraid to report them because of the stigma.