OUR MAILBOX: Hotel Workers, Medical Marijuana, Sentences Vs. Rehab | Opinion – California News

OUR MAILBOX: Hotel Workers, Medical Marijuana, Sentences Vs. Rehab | Opinion – California News

Hotel Issues

Dear Editor,

Recently, the Grunion published an article noting an effort by UNITE HERE 11 to advance additional regulations on Long Beach hotels with more than100 rooms through an upcoming ordinance that will be heard on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in a transparent attempt to unionize all Long Beach hotels.

The proposed ordinance is not truly about safety. If it was, the hotels would be supportive. In fact, all Long Beach hotels with more than 100 rooms already have panic buttons or offer hotlines. These hotels work extremely hard to ensure a safe working environment, keeping our employees and guests at the forefront of every decision made.

Additionally, we take any allegation of sexual misconduct extremely seriously, going to great lengths to provide our employees with training and resources needed on this most important issue. Locally, over the past 18 months, these same hotels have mandated training programs for their employees such as sexual assault, human trafficking and self-defense. To date, hundreds of employees have participated in these training programs.

This ordinance, among other things, requires hotels to establish a blacklist of all guests accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by hotel employees, even when there is no corroborating evidence and law enforcement authorities have not been consulted. This list would violate the constitutional rights of guests, needlessly damage reputations and put hoteliers at risk of costly civil lawsuits.

Furthermore, as this only applies to the hotels in Long Beach with more…

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