Paris Hotel To Pay Over $60K To Cleaner Sexually Assaulted By Guest

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A luxury hotel in Paris has been told to pay an African woman who worked as a cleaner at the hotel over $60,000 after she was molested by a Qatari guest.
The woman, from Guinea in West Africa, according to a court ruling has been awarded $64,000 by a Paris labor relations tribunal. She was subsequently fired for refusing to transfer to another hotel.

The ruling also said that the five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome did not provide sufficient protection to stop such from incidents occurring. In July 2010, the 33-year-old cleaner was molested by a member of Qatari Prince Al-Thani’s entourage.

She also tried to commit suicide after the incident according to reports, asking for a sick leave on a number of occasions for post-traumatic stress”. The Park Hyatt asked her to transfer to another hotel, but when she refused, she was fired.

The tribunal said that this decision was “tantamount to discrimination”. The hotel was also criticized by the tribunal for failing to alert the police allowing the aggressor to escape. The woman’s lawyer, Maude Beckers, said this was “a first in the area of sexual harassment.”

The hotel, however, said it would appeal the ruling, saying it was in“total disagreement.” 

In a separate case in 2011, former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of attacking and sexually assaulting a West African maid, Nafissatou Diallo, in his luxury suit at a hotel in New York.

A New York court dropped the charges against Strauss-Kahn because they were not certain beyond a reasonable doubt that the hotel maid was telling the truth.

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