101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced , by Rep. Sonya M. Harper
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Hotel Employee Safety Act. Provides that each hotel shall
equip an employee who is assigned to work in a guest room or restroom,
under circumstances where no other employee is present in the room, with a
panic button or notification device. Provides that the employee may use the
panic button or notification device to summon help if the employee
reasonably believes that an ongoing crime, sexual harassment, sexual
assault, or other emergency is occurring in the employee's presence.
Provides that the panic button or notification device shall be provided by
the hotel at no cost to the employee. Provides that each hotel shall
develop, maintain, and comply with a written anti-sexual harassment policy
containing specified content to protect employees against sexual assault
and sexual harassment by guests. Provides that each hotel shall provide all
employees with a current copy in English, Spanish, and Polish of the
hotel's anti-sexual harassment policy, and post the policy in English,
Spanish, and Polish in conspicuous places in areas of the hotel where
employees can reasonably be expected to see it. Provides that it is a
violation of the Act for a hotel to retaliate against an employee for
reasonably using a panic button or notification device; availing himself or
herself of certain anti-sexual harassment policy provisions; or
disclosing, reporting, or testifying about any violation of the Act or any
rule adopted under the Act. Provides that a complaint alleging a violation
shall be filed by the aggrieved party with the Department of Human Rights
no later than 180 days after the occurrence of the alleged violation and in
accordance with rules adopted by the Department. Provides that
investigations to enforce specified provisions of the Act shall be
conducted by the Department. Provides that a hotel that violates the Act or
any rule adopted under the Act shall be subject to a fine of not less than
$250 and not more than $500 for each offense. Makes a corresponding change
in the Illinois Human Rights Act.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning employment.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Employee Safety Act.
As used in this Act:
"Complaining employee" means an employee who has alleged an
instance of sexual assault and sexual harassment by a guest.
"Department" means the Department of Human Rights.
"Employee" means any natural person who works full time or
part time at a hotel for or under the direction of the hotel or
any subcontractor of the hotel for wages or salary or
remuneration of any type under a contract or subcontract of
employment, whether express or implied.
"Guest" means any invitee to a hotel, including a
registered guest, person occupying a guest room with a
registered guest, visitor invited to a guest room by a
registered guest or other occupant of a guest room, person
patronizing food or beverage facilities provided by the hotel,
or any other person whose presence at the hotel is permitted by
the hotel. "Guest" does not include an employee.
"Guest room" means any room made available by a hotel for
overnight occupancy by guests.