NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hotels in New York City have agreed to give their employees panic alarms.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

The New York Hotel Trades Council says the provision is part of a labor contract the Hotel Association of New York approved last year.

The panic buttons would allow employees to call for help in case of an emergency.

The union says it wasn’t spurred by the case of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who had been accused of raping a hotel maid before the charges were dropped.

“It’s not very different than what you might see on TV advertising for a senior who is living alone and might fall down and push a button. They’re very inexpensive,” Lancman told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.

The union votes on the agreement next Monday.

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