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6 Plaza Hotel employees claim incessant sexual harassment

Six current and former female workers who were employed at New York's Plaza Hotel filed a lawsuit against the establishment on Aug. 8. They alleged in the court documents that they experienced incessant sexual harassment from senior management and other male hotel workers.

A current employee of the hotel stated that unwanted sexual advances began just shortly after she began working there in November 2016. She said that, at first, she attempted to ignore the advances in the hopes that it would stop on its own. However, the unwanted advances and other sexual misconduct just became part of the job. When asked why she just didn't leave, the worker said that she did not have a choice as she needed the job. A second female employee said that the reports she made were ignored.

The parent company that owns the Plaza Hotel released a statement denying that the allegations were ignored. The statement continued, saying that the company takes all claims seriously and does not retaliate against workers who report incidents of sexual harassment.

All employees have the right to a safe and healthy workplace environment that is free from sexual harassment and discrimination. If an employee experiences unwanted advances, unwanted touching or other forms of sexual harassment and the complaints are ignored by the employer, the employee may have legal options available. A workplace harassment attorney could assess the options that are available. If the employer fails to take meaningful action to stop the harassment from occurring, the attorney could seek compensation for lost income and other damages.

Source: WJBD, "Employees sue the Plaza hotel alleging rampant sexual harassment", Aug. 9, 2017

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