Major hotels to give workers panic buttons to prevent sexual harassment

TheHill | 9/7/2018 | Maddie Rundlett
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The CEOs of major hotel companies are launching a new initiative to improve employee safety by providing workers with safety devices to call for help in cases of sexual harassment or assault.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and major hotel brands, including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Wyndham, announced the 5-Star Promise on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

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The initiative includes giving employee safety devices (ESDs) to hotel employees across the nation and enhancing workforce sexual harassment training, policies and research.

The devices, which will be distributed to all members of hotel staff, allow individuals in distress to send their exact location to a help desk or security.The devices will be absorbed into the operating costs of hotels and will be adapted to suit the specific needs of each location.

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AHLA Chairman of the Board Mark Carrier acknowledged that sexual harassment and worker safety is an issue that affects the whole industry and requires cooperation to address.

“Today we come together with the awareness that there are issues that transcend competition,” Carrier said. “There are issues that working together and aligning can make significant positive difference.”

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Carrier was joined by AHLA President and CEO Katherine Lugar, as well as CEOs from some of the participating hotel chains to announce the initiative.

Tina Tchen, co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund and partner at Sandler LLP, was also present for the announcement. Time’s Up and other national organizations working to combat sexual violence, sexual assault and trafficking, worked in partnership with the industry group to develop the 5-Star initiative and improve worker safety.

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Tchen said that 5-Star is an “unprecedented announcement...
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