Hotels Begin Providing Workers with Panic Buttons

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Hotel housekeepers enter hotel rooms not sure what they will find inside. Sometimes what they find is sexual harassment or other dangers. Major hotel operators, such as  Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton,  Wyndham and IHG, working with the American Hotel and Lodging Association, are issuing panic buttons to protect their employees better.

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.

...The portable safety device helps employees alert security personnel if they feel they are in danger or a compromising position. Harassment of hotel workers — specifically housekeepers — has been a longstanding issue the industry has had a difficult time addressing. The #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns reignited the conversation around harassment inside hotel rooms and has forced industry leaders to find a more comprehensive solution. —Seema Mody, CNBC

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