A janitor is someone who is responsible for maintaining a building, primarily through cleaning it. This was often regarded as a menial task.
When asked why he was uninterested in seeing Vic Fontaine and his holoprogram, Benjamin Sisko stated that he felt it was an inaccurate representation of historical events, because the program was colorblind. He said that in reality, his people could have been "entertainers, or janitors, but customers? Never."