BAK­ING A STATE­MENT AGAINST HA­RASS­MENT

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITYBEAT - BYFRANSPIELMAN

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.

| FRANSPIELMAN/ SUN- TIMES

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