Workers rights have been evolving and changing sine the Industrial Revolution. Things like the five-day work week, eight-hour days and safe working conditions were all rights that had to be forced on employers through legislation, unions and activism. These things give workers a safe working environment that everyone deserves if they are putting in the time. The latest fight in workers rights is happening in hotels and is thanks in part to the #MeToo movement. Major hotel chains are finally stepping up to protect their housekeepers and other employees by rolling out panic buttons.
Major hotel chains will soon provide panic buttons to their employees in order to prevent them from sexual assaulted and other crimes.
A lot of employees (mainly women) complained of sexual harassment from customers in the past few years. Hotels have therefore decided to give panic buttons to staff. Great to see employers fighting against sexual harassment & protecting employees.#MeToo https://t.co/KbnX0K67Zq pic.twitter.com/Sky2da5Eo8
— Sayfty.com (@SayftyCom) September 9, 2018
“Protecting our employees and the millions of guests who stay in our hotels each day is of paramount importance to the industry,” Katherine Lugar, president and chief executive of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, said to the media, according to Reuters.
Executives and leaders in the hotel industry had resisted the extra safety step, but increased pressure changed their position.
“After countless complaints of hotel workers enduring sexual harassment, the industry is finally responding by introducing increased measures to better protect its employees, including a portable panic button.” Via @CNBC #MeToo #hotels https://t.co/RfzlripZm1 pic.twitter.com/eRagZmXAgk
— UNITE HERE #1Job (@unitehere) September 7, 2018
A report by the Center for American Progress showed the employees in the accommodation and food industry have filed the most harassment charges than any other industry.
“The accommodation and food services industry—including full-service restaurants, fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, recreational facilities, inns, hotels, and other hospitality establishments—accounted for 14.2 percent of the sexual harassment claims filed,” reads a report from the Center for American Progress. “Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that women represent the majority of workers in the accommodation and food services industry, often in lower-paying jobs such as food servers and preparers.”
The device looks just like a key chain and can be pinned on clothing or hidden in pockets.
— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) September 7, 2018
According to Reuters, the cost to produce and distribute the device will cost “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” but it seems like gadget will be very much worth it.
Hotels like Marriott International Inc and Hilton will begin to roll out the device to their employees in the next couple of years.
Major hotels will give panic buttons to staff to help protect them from harassment and assault https://t.co/XdkubC2Ptx
— TIME (@TIME) September 6, 2018
“In those moments you don’t feel safe; you don’t see that person any more as a guest,” Dallamy Santos told Reuters. “You don’t want to have to worry about where you’re going to get the help.”