Queens Lawmaker Wants Legislation To Help Protect Hotel Workers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In the wake of the case against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of attacking a hotel maid, a Queens lawmaker is introducing new legislation to help protect hotel workers.

Queens assemblyman Rory Lancman wants hotels to provide staff with electronic panic alert devices. They’d be used by workers when they enter hotel rooms and would alert security to emergencies. 

“Hotel workers are as entitled to a safe workplace as construction workers or mine workers,” said Lancman.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports: Strauss-Kahn Case Prompts New Legislation

This week, the former head of the powerful International Monetary Fund, Strauss-Kahn, was charged with chasing a housekeeper around his $3,000 a night penthouse suite and forcing her to perform oral sex on him at the Sofitel New York Hotel.

In recent years, there have been new reports of at least 10 housekeepers being attacked throughout the US, but labor unions say in reality, that number is much higher.

“Ten should be ringing alarm bells at government agencies, with policy makers and the hotel industry across the country,” said Lancman. “If you’re one of those ten workers who is getting sexually assaulted on the job, it’s extremely serious.”

Labor groups say many more are hushed up because the victims are illegal immigrants or because hotels are wary of scaring off guests.

“Even one incident of a hotel worker being assaulted justifies the very small expence and trouble it would take to make hotel workers safe,” said Lancman.

Anthony Roman, a consultant based on Long Island who spent 30 years working security for hotels, said he saw dozens of incidents involving female room attendants, from drunken propositions to rape.

What do you think of this legislation? Sound off below in our comments section.

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  • Ms. Ann

    I always wanted DSK prosecuted. He forgot that slavery ended in the 1850s in America. You can no longer rape Black women in America, and then get away with it.

    Also, these so-called wives of these rich men are involved in so many outside societies that they don’t have time to satisfy their husbands sexually. DSK and his wife admit that they have homes on 3 continents. DSK is so desperate sexually that he ran out of his hotel room and raped a maid. These “rich” wives need to travel with their husbands and take care of their “wifely duties” — like having sex with their husbands. Some wives think that because their husbands are not complaining about the lack of sex, that they are okay with the fact that they are hardly having sex with their wives. This is not an excuse for what DSK did.

    Most of us have slept in a hotel before. I, and millions around the world know that these women who work in these hotels are cordial, nice, and they are always afraid of losing their jobs. DSK and these rich freaks know that also. That is why he took a chance — living in a VIP suite. He gambled, because he thought that she would never tell. DSK has probably done this before to a hotel maid, and he got away with it, because the maid never reported the incident. I say that because he was so “quick” to grab her. His actions says that this is something he was used to.

    P.S. He is a rapist, and he may have raped his daughter before.

  • Morris Wise

    Hotel maids cannot be weak, most have to change the sheets on mattresses weighing up to 300 pounds ten times daily. It is almost impossible that 62 year old dominique could move one of those heavy mattresses an inch. In a wrestling contest between DSK and his six foot tall African maid I would bet my life savings on her flipping him in ten-seconds. Those that dream he was strong enough to hold her down while he was getting a BJ are masturbating or determined to send a fragile old man to prison.

  • BF

    Laws for Votes destroy businesses and communities. NO MORE



  • Bernie Sanders

    what about the children ?

    • EricG

      What abouth them dirty bernie???????

      • Bernie Sanders

        Won’t somebody please think of the children?

  • CEDH

    You should provide means to protect innocent customers from false allegations of misconduct. Perhaps hotels should provide floor with no female maid.

  • nathan

    One hotel maid’s lemons are another politician’s lemonade.

  • AericG

    Stop blaming buisinesses.

  • American

    Do we really need a law for this? Hotels should just do this on their own. And as far as housekeepers not coming foward because they are here and working here illegally?? Send them back to their own damn country to work. Let AMERICANS have jobs. If an American goes to any other country… tough luck in getting a job. Many countries require you to be a CITIZEN not a green card or illegal in order to work. Its time for America to WAKE UP to the WASTE in this country. CLOSE the damn borders and let people come here correct.

  • the bandid

    must of our lawmakers have nothing better to do, they should worry about extending rent controls no worry about hotel workers

  • steven

    another dumb nanny law by a bored politician
    looking for political gain

    • Scott

      No doubt about Steven, I couldn’t agree with you more. Enough said.

      • steven


        So shut up already.

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