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Strauss-Kahn set to be poster boy for NY Bill to protect hotel housekeepers

June 8, 2011 - New York

Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar could soon become the poster boys for an effort to protect hotel housekeepers in New York.

According to The New York Post, a Bill introduced by two lawmakers would require hotels and motels across New York to train staffers on how to report sexual harassment by guests, and to distribute a "Know Your Rights" pamphlet to housekeepers and other workers.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Senator Elizabeth Little, who are co-sponsoring the Bill, hope the measures, including the brochure, could help save New York's hotel workers from a seeming epidemic of lecherous guests.

"Recent events have demonstrated that there is a clear need for sexual harassment and prevention education and training for hotel employees," Rosenthal said.

The Bill comes on the heels of Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual assault of a housekeeper in Sofitel Hotel, which was quickly followed by Omar's arrest for allegedly molesting a maid at The Pierre Hotel.

Strauss-Kahn had spent a week in jail on Rikers Island after he was arrested on May 14.

The former IMF chief, who is free on a million dollar cash bail under strict house arrest, has been charged with a criminal sex act and attempted rape over the alleged sexual assault. He faces a possible 25-year jail sentence.

Egyptian businessman Omar is accused of locking a 44-year-old worker inside his 900 dollars-a-night room and pawing at her body.


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