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Hyatt Hotels Corp. Under Pressure after Workers Complain to OSHA

Hyatt Hotels Corp. Under Pressure after Workers Complain to OSHA
Hyatt housekeepers have filed a repetitive motion and other injury complaints with the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The charges refer to the Hyaat Regency Waikiki as well as eleven other properties in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco and four other mainland cities.

An OSHA spokesman said that the agency will be making its own determination and if there is any investigation, it would be conducted without giving prior announcement.

Earlier this year, there was a record of high incidence of workplace injury at Hyatt, more so than the other hotel chains. In the record, women in general, particularly Hispanic women are prone to being injured while working.

However, Hyatt defended its workplace safety record and according to them, the employees are apparently making some false charges about their work environment. All these accusations, according to them have been aimed to increase union membership and due. Hyatt has also stated that they care deeply about their workers’ safety and health. They strive to improve these through training, employee recognition programs, room design, worker feedback and other initiatives.

A campaign has been launched against the chain in an effort to reduce the number of rooms the housekeepers are expected to clean. The room attendants are required to clean as many as 30 rooms per day. The housekeepers in Hyatt work so hard and fast that some of them can’t even lift a pen or coffee mug after the day ends.

Now, with these complains, Hyatt has come under the scanner of OSHA and if they are found guilty, let’s see how much penalty fine OSHA will slap them.