Hotel Workers Sue Over 'Panic Button' Measure
A lawsuit against the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA alleges that the city is refusing to put a measure on the ballot that would provide employees of the Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Club with panic buttons and wage increases.
A union representing employees at the two businesses had collected enough valid signatures – 3,300 – to put the initiative on the ballot.
In a lawsuit filed by lawyers for Unite Here Local 11, it says a Rancho Palos Verdes City Clerkdidn't put the measure on the next scheduled meeting, June 19, yet the measure will be placed on the next meeting, July 17, with enough time for the council to add it to the Nov. 6 election ballot.
"We are asking voters in Rancho Palos Verdes to ensure that a housekeeper at Trump's golf resort would have the right to break the silence around sexual threats in the workplace," said Maria Elena Durazo, general vice president of Unite Here. "This law gives those workers the tools to protect themselves and each other."
Unite Here has campaigned to protect hospitality workers from sexual assault since allegations were made by a New York hotel housekeeper against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011.