A Long Beach councilwoman may bring forward a proposal to limit hotel employees’ work loads and require hoteliers to equip female employees with panic buttons as protection against sexual harassment and assault.
Known as Claudia’s Law, the proposal bears the name of a female worker who reportedly sustained a cerebral hemorrhage after working a 14-hour shift at a Long Beach hotel. Labor activists have been pushing for the measure for at least one year, calling for its implementation at events like the 2016 People’s State of the City rally. In the meantime, Long Beach hotel managers are bracing for the issue to move to the forefront of city politics, and industry representatives have already begun to present their arguments that local hoteliers have already taken actions — such as the provision of panic buttons — to protect their employees. Read more here.