Hotel panic button

Hotel workers in Chicago now have ‘panic buttons’ to call for help should they need it.

A law has passed which requires hotels in the city to provide an emergency button, intended to protect employees from sexual harassment, robberies and other crimes.

When pressed, the buttons will send a message to the cellphone of the employee’s supervisor, manager and human resources department, giving the employee’s name and exact location.

A recent survey of 500 hotel workers by Unite Here Local 1 found that 58 percent of employees reported they experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment by guests.