Hotel Leaders Commit to Added Security for Employees
The American Hotel & Lodging Association, along with leaders from Hilton, Hyatt, IGH, Marriott, and Wyndham, recently announced their commitment to a "5-Star Promise" pledge to provide their employees and staff with enhanced security meausures, such as employee safety devices (ESDs) and additional policies, trainings and resources. The goal of this new pledge is to enhance overall hotel safety and security, including incidents of sexual harassment and assault against hotel employees.
"Protecting our employees—as well as the millions of guests who stay in American hotel rooms each day—is critically important to our industry. Unfortunately, no industry is immune to dealing with sexual harassment, but we will continue to work, day in and day out, so America's hotels are secure places for all those who work in and visit them," said Katherin Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA in a release.
Many hotels already use ESDs to keep their hotel staff safe, but this recent announcement marks a new level of focus on employee safety and indicates the committment by the largest hospitality employers in the country to provide the devices to staff in properties across the US in the coming years. To help many of these properties identify which safety devices to adopt, the AHLA has organized a technology sourcing task force that will assist with the implementation of these measures. For example, some security devices emit loud noises or alarms when triggered, while other are enabled for emergency GPS tracking of staff members.
But adopting ESDs for hotel employees is only one part of the 5-Star Promise around hotel security and safety that these large employers, along with AHLA, have committed to advancing. The entire pledge for enhanced security includes:
- Industry-wide training on safety and security
- Mandatory anti-sexual harassment policies
- Ongoing training & education for staff on identifying and reporting sexual harassment
- Implementation of ESDs
- Expanded partnerships with national organizations that target sexual violence, assault, and human trafficking and promote workplace safety.
"I applaud the hotel industry for taking the initiative and continuing to put employee safety first, recognizing that all people should feel safe while doing their jobs," said Tina Tchen, partner at Buckley Sander LLP and co-founder of the Time's Up Legal Devense Fund, who has also been consulting with hotel leaders as they refined these initiatives.
For more information on the types of safety initiatives each brand has pledged to adopt and implement, click here.