In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please click here.
Kenneth Gunn 312.744.1545
Today the City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance which provides new protections for hotel workers from sexual harassment. The ordinance, introduced by Ald. Michelle Harris (8th Ward) requires hotels to comply with three major duties: 1) provide panic buttons or similar notification devices to employees who have to enter guest rooms or restrooms alone, 2) develop, maintain, and comply with anti-sexual harassment policies, and 3) provide all employees with a copy of the policy and post it in conspicuous places within the hotel.
The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) will both be responsible for enforcing specific terms of the ordinance. Hotel employees who file a sexual harassment complaint with the CCHR will be protected from retaliation for filing the complaint. The CCHR can impose penalties including orders to cease the illegal conduct, order monetary damages, and the payment of the employee’s attorney’s fees. CCHR will also notify BACP of any second violations of the ordinance by the same hotel which may result in license revocation.