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

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story

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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.

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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.

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The union votes on the agreement next Monday.