An employee at a small hotel housekeeping service in Washington, D.C., says she was paid a $5.15 an hour by the hotel to clean up the room after guests.
But after a weekend of travel and a visit to a funeral home, she said, she was told she would have to start working again at $10 an hour, plus tips.
“It’s just not fair to us,” she said.
She’s now considering filing a complaint with the D.U.O., the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The $5 an hour salary is less than the national minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
It was set in 2009.
But because hotel maids work in large hotels, their pay is far higher than most minimum-wage workers.
The D.S.H.A. has proposed a bill that would raise the hourly wage to $10.10 an $8.25 for hotel maid service employees and $12.50 an $11.50 for hotel housekeeper service employees.
It would also raise the wage for maids to $12 an $15 for housekeeping and $13.50 per hour for all other types of service.
The agency has been considering its proposal for years.
But it has had little public support.
And it has been widely criticized for not requiring maids who earn $10 per hour to take paid sick days.
The House of Representatives passed a similar bill last year.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said that she will push for a hike in the minimum wage for hotel workers and housekeepers.
It would be the largest such hike in history, with many states following suit.