Sexual Harassment Liability in the Hospitality Industry

Best practices for compliance with Chicago’s new “panic button” ordinance

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As of January 1, 2018, hospitality employers in the city of Chicago must provide “panic buttons” for room attendants and restroom workers who work alone. Named “Hands Off, Pants On” the ordinance was spearheaded by the trade union, UNITE HERE, and closely mirrors regulation passed in New York City, Sacramento and Seattle. State lawmakers in California and hospitality unions in Las Vegas are pursuing similar ordinances, while the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues is exploring guidelines and regulations to implement at the federal level.