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September 14, 2018
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Americas: Marriott Rolls Out Technology to Protect Employees and Guests


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This summer, a new law came into effect in Chicago requiring hotel workers to be provided with digital alert systems to summon help in cases of harassment or if a staff member discovers a guest in medical distress. The law came two years after a survey by the hotel workers’ union Unite Here found that 58 percent of its members had been sexually harassed while on the job.

As a result, Marriott International announced earlier this month that it would deploy alert devices, or “panic buttons,” for all associates at its 5,000 properties in the United States and Canada. The safety technology will be tailored to pinpoint employees in all types of buildings, from lodgings spread across a large campus to high-rise towers, in order to speed aid to the exact location.

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