Add Your Name to Support the HANDS OFF PANTS ON Ordinance!


Stand with Chicago’s hotel workers against sexual harassment and assault: Support the HANDS OFF PANTS ON ordinance!

The Chicago City Council is considering an ordinance to help protect Chicago hotel workers from sexual harassment and assault. Sponsored by Alderman Michelle Harris (8th Ward), the ordinance will ensure that hotels provide a panic button to every hotel worker in Chicago that works alone in a guest room or restroom. It requires hotels to develop, comply with and post a written anti-sexual harassment policy to address instances of sexual misconduct by guests.

A 2016 survey conducted by UNITE HERE Local 1 of nearly 500 women working in the Chicagoland hospitality industry revealed the frequent and widespread nature of sexual harassment by hotel guests:

  • 58% of hotel workers surveyed had experienced sexual harassment from guests, including incidences of sexual assault.
  • 49% of housekeepers surveyed have had guest(s) expose themselves, flash them, or answer the door naked.

Hotel housekeepers often work alone in the intimate space of a guest room where there is no surveillance camera. This legislation will provide much needed protections and address the unique risks that hotel workers face on the job.

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