Suit Claims Chicago Hotel Mistreats Workers

Andy Dahn
May 14, 2019 - 7:08 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A group of workers at a Loop hotel say excessive workloads, harassment and mismanagement have forced them to take their bosses to court.

Housekeepers like Melisa Magana who work at Hyatt Centric - The Loop Chicago said they've had enough.

"We're being overworked," she said outside of the hotel on Tuesday. "They're not respecting our breaks. They're using retaliation because we're organizing. We're forced to clean up to 30 rooms each day. It's too much."

A collective-action lawsuit claims one form of retaliation has been termination. Helen Anemone claims she was fired last week for joining her co-workers in their demands.

"I cleaned rooms, too, even though I was a lobby attendant," she told reporters. "They are the ones who clean rooms. They clean 20 to 30 a day. That's crazy."

Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya joined the workers as they delivered the lawsuit to hotel management.

"This is an embarrassment for such an establish to be retaliating against their workers," Anaya said. "They're being disrespectful to the long hours and dedication the workers have had for this location."

WBBM has reached out to hotel management for comment.