More Nanny State: Democrat Wants Panic Button for Housekeepers


NBC New York
May 23, 2011

A New York assemblyman says he wants the state to require hotels to provide their housekeepers with an emergency “panic button” that would help protect them from sexual assaults on the job.

Assemblyman Rory Lancman, a Democrat from Queens, said he will introduce the bill Monday. The move comes a week after former International Monetary Fund Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid.

“We send hotel workers, housekeepers into rooms by themselves without any other staff, without any other security,” Lancman said at a news conference Sunday outside the Sofitel Hotel, the site of Strauss-Kahn’s alleged sexual assault of a hotel maid last week.

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