In your example, she may have felt that she had "dirtied her hands", both literally and figuratively. Some people feel demeaned by doing a job they feel is beneath their education or birth or entitlement. (I won't comment on what I think of that.)
get your hands dirty, according to The Free Dictionary: (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/get+hands+dirty) "to involve yourself in all parts of a job, including the parts that are unpleasant, or involve hard, practical work. Unlike other bosses, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty and the men like that in him."
There is another meaning, which definitely includes "demeaning", but does not fit your example.
"Dirty your hands" is defined in Cambridge Dictionaries Online (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/dirty-your-hands) as "to become involved in something unfair or dishonest"
Example of this usage: "I refuse to dirty my hands by cheating on my income tax; I would feel as though I had demeaned myself."