Law Impacting States and Cities in 2020
Two states and several cities have passed laws to protect hotel employees in an industry with a history of harassment. New Jersey and Illinois have laws scheduled to go into effect in January 2020 that applies to properties with at least 100 guest rooms. In addition to state legislation, cities like Seattle and New York have passed their own city regulations to make safety devices available to workers.
Hotel Brands Respond to the #MeToo Movement
Hotel Brands like Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott International, and Wyndham Hotels have made a pledge to take steps to keep employees safe. Additionally, the AHLA (American Hotel & Lodging Association) established the 5 Star Pledge, encouraging hotels to follow these guidelines for a safer workplace. Here are a few points that address harassment in hotels:
- Ensure mandatory anti-sexual harassment policies are in place in multiple languages.
- Provide ongoing training and education for employees on identifying and reporting sexual harassment.
- Provide U.S. hotel employees with devices to help them feel safe on the job.
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