28 May '11, 3am

Strauss-Kahn affair sheds light on hotel staff risks: NEW YORK - The scandal over former IMF head Dominique Stra...

Strauss-Kahn affair sheds light on hotel staff risks: NEW YORK - The scandal over former IMF head Dominique Stra...

NEW YORK - The scandal over former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged attempt to rape a chambermaid in New York has put the spotlight on risks run by the hard-working, but mostly anonymous workers cleaning hotel rooms across America. Most big hotel groups have kept a low profile on the issue following Strauss-Kahn's arrest on May 14. Accor, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood representatives declined to respond to questions. But Joe McInerney, at the American Hotel and Lodging Association, a trade group, acknowledged there is a wider problem beyond Strauss-Kahn, who denies that the alleged incident in the Manhattan Sofitel occurred. "We don't know how it happened or what will transpire, but it's a wake-up call for the industry to review procedures," he said. He said that several companies provide training for staff to protect themselves in what is de facto a vulner...

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