NYC Lawmakers Take Steps to Protect Housekeepers
Within the last three weeks, two high-profile men have been charged with assulting the housekeeping staff at New York hotels. As a result of the hotel-room crimes, state legislators have developed two bills that would require hotels to strengthen their security and safety measures.
The first piece of legislation (A.8195) was proposed by New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and requires hotels to provide sexual harassment training to staff and managers. The second piece of legislation would require hotels to provide panic buttons to their staff.
According to USA Today reporting, the city’s largest hotel union supports the legislation, vowing to make housekeeper security a focal point of its contract negotiations next year.
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