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This week’s guest: John Boardman, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Unite Here Local 25, on A millionaire, a hotel maid and an arrest after the inauguration for sex abuse (The Washington Post)
More than 30 hotels in the Washington area have introduced panic buttons in the past year under an agreement with Unite Here Local 25, because of incidents like the one at the Mayflower Hotel reported in The Washington Post on Sunday. Millionaire John Joseph Boswell pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor sexual abuse in D.C. Superior Court after being arrested for assaulting a maid at the Mayflower last January. "Such incidents are all too common in an industry where about half of employees say they have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a guest, union surveys have shown," the Post reported. "Many go unreported because the housekeepers, often immigrants or women of color, fear losing their jobs."
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