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Office of the Mayor, Press Room: Chicago Hotels Required To Provide Panic Buttons To Protect Workers From Sexual Harassment Or Assault

“Everyone who works in Chicago deserves safe, secure and empowering professional environments in which to do their jobs,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Those who have been willing to speak out about their experiences, and the countless others who have suffered in silence, deserve not just our respect, but our sustained efforts to prevent, prohibit and punish harassment whenever and wherever it occurs. This ordinance makes it clear that sexual harassment is not just inexcusable and inappropriate, it is illegal.”

FOX 32: Chicago hotel workers now equipped with ‘Panic Buttons’

Thousands of hotel workers have a new way to protect themselves as a new city ordinance takes effect.

Alderman Michelle Harris joined local union leaders and hotel workers on Sunday to celebrate the ordinance known as “Hands Off – Pants On.”

The ordinance requires all hotels in the city to provide panic buttons for housekeeping staff.

Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Kent Op-Ed: ‘Panic button’ ordinance for hotel workers sends a strong #MeToo message

On July 1, 2018, the landmark “Hands Off Pants On” ordinance goes into full effect, requiring Chicago hotels to provide panic buttons to all hotel workers who clean, restock, or take inventory alone in guest rooms and rest rooms. It was the women hospitality workers of UNITE HERE Local 1 who came together, spoke out, and with the support of the Chicago Federation of Labor, won this innovative policy to help address a long-standing problem.

WTTW: Chicago Tonight: Starting July 1, Chicago Hotels Will Need to Have Panic Buttons

Chicago will become the second city in the country requiring hotels to implement panic buttons on July 1. Seattle was the first city to make such requirements.

The ordinance, called “Hands Off, Pants On,” was passed unanimously in October 2017 by the Chicago City Council. It’s aimed at protecting housekeepers from sexual assault.

CBS Chicago: Chicago-Area Sexual Harassment Survey Reveals Disturbing Numbers

“While the panel was assembled months ago, the topic is timely as sexual harassment and so-called “locker room” talk has made headlines recently.

The “Hands Off, Pants On” panel also debuted a new video called “Union Men React to Workplace Harassment and Assault” which shows men reading women’s stories of sexual harassment.

The panel was lead by Justice Anne M. Burke. Sports anchor Julie DiCaro of sister station, 670 The Score, spoke about her experience of online harassment and how a YouTube video #MoreThanMean made a difference.”