BAKING A STATEMENT AGAINST HARASSMENT
City Hall Reporter
City Clerk Anna Valencia cut a cake Tuesday — right through a photo of Harvey Weinstein’s face— to celebrate passage of a groundbreaking ordinance aimed at shielding Chicago hotel workers from sexual harassment.
Chicago hotels have until December to put written sexual harassment policies in place. A requirement to provide portable panic buttons to employees working alone doesn’t take effect until July 1, 2018.
But theHollywood sex scandal that has made movie mogul Weinstein the poster boy for bad behavior gave United Here Local 1 President Karen Kent an opening to celebrate a “Hands off, pants on campaign” ahead of its time that could give women the courage to end what she called the “sisterhood of silence.”
Ald. Michelle Harris ( 8th) championed the ordinance with an assist from Valencia, emboldened by a survey that showed a majority of Chicagoarea hotel workers have been sexually harassed by guests.
“This is like a great snapshot… for us here inChicago to be the leaders of an ordinance that actually [ gives] some kind of … protections for workers,” Harris said.