Lux­ury ho­tel must pay cleaner mo­lested by guest

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CLEANER who was mo­lested at a Paris lux­ury ho­tel by a Qatari guest in 2010 has been awarded 57,000 eu­ros (US$63,500), ac­cord­ing to a court rul­ing.

The Paris labour re­la­tions tri­bunal found that the five-star Park Hy­att Paris-Ven­dome and the com­pany that pro­vides its clean­ing crew lacked safe­guards against such in­ci­dents.

It or­dered the Park Hy­att to pay the cleaner 30,000 eu­ros, while the ser­vice provider must pay 27,000 eu­ros over the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a mem­ber of the en­tourage of a Qatari prince.

The cleaner, a Guinean na­tional who is now aged 33 and re­quested anonymity, was fired in Jan­uary 2011 for re­fus­ing to trans­fer to an­other ho­tel af­ter re­port­edly at­tempt­ing sui­cide and tak­ing sick leave on sev­eral oc­ca­sions for “post-trau­matic stress”.

The tri­bunal ruled that her dis­missal was “tan­ta­mount to dis­crim­i­na­tion”.

The ho­tel was also faulted for fail­ing to alert the po­lice on the evening of the as­sault, “which al­lowed the ag­gres­sor to flee” the fol­low­ing day.

“It’s a first in the area of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in France,” the cleaner’s lawyer Maude Beck­ers told AFP.

The Park Hy­att said it was in “to­tal dis­agree­ment” with the rul­ing and would ap­peal. –

Photo: AFP

A med­i­cal worker in­spects the dam­age at a hos­pi­tal af­ter it was hit by Syr­ian regime bar­rel bombs on Oc­to­ber 1.

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