|March 21, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
In an April 2016 survey of 400 Chicago-area women working at hotels, nearly 50 percent indicated that they have had a guest answer the door naked, expose themselves, or were otherwise flashed. Worse yet, 1 in 10 said they had been kissed, grabbed, pinched, or groped by a guest. Hotel employees reported incidents in which they were assaulted, groped, propositioned, and shown sexually explicit materials when interacting with guests. These individuals and the unions that represent them insist that these survey results and anecdotal reports are not exaggerated and that sexual harassment by guests is a pervasive and significant problem.
It’s no secret that immigration compliance is a priority to the Trump administration, so the recent announcement that it expects the number of worksite investigations to quadruple in coming years should come as no surprise. As Derek Brenner, the acting director for Homeland Security Investigations at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), recently stated: “This year, … you’re going to see more and more of these … large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters. It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry…. It’s going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there. We need to make sure that employers are on notice that we are going to come out and ensure that they’re being compliant. For those that don’t, we’re going to take some very aggressive steps in terms of criminal investigations to make sure that we address them and hold them accountable.”