Sunday 16 December 2018

Sheraton hotel acts after IMF boss arrest

Days after former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid in his luxury Sofitel hotel suite, the housekeeping staff at the nearby Sheraton New York was called to a meeting with hotel management.

In the meeting -- recounted by Beverly Banton, a housekeeper at the Sheraton -- management told the staff that the hotel would not tolerate any misbehaviour from its guests and that they should report any inappropriate incidents.

That is a notable shift from past practice at some New York hotels, according to several hotel workers protesting outside the New York Supreme Court in lower Manhattan, where Strauss-Kahn was pleading not guilty to the charges against him that carry up to 25 years in prison.

Often, the workers said, complaints of inappropriate behaviour by guests were swept under the rug.


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