A cleaner who was molested by a Qatari guest in a luxury hotel in Paris in 2010 has finally found justice and has been awarded 57,000 euro (approx. US$63,000). According to the ruling of the Paris labor relations tribunal, both five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome and the company responsible for providing a cleaning crew for the hotel have not taken any measures to ensure safety for employees and protect them from incidents. The two companies are now obliged to pay to the cleaner who became a victim in the incident involving a member of the entourage of a Qatari prince. The Park Hyatt was ordered to pay 30,000 euro and the cleaning services provider was ordered to pay 27,000 euro.
The cleaner requested anonymity, so it is only known that she is 33 now and is a Guinean national. She was fired in January 2011 after her refusal to transfer to another hotel. Before that she had taken several leaves due to “post-traumatic stress” and suicide attempt. The tribunal found her dismissal discriminating. The hotel was also found guilty in failing to alert the police about the incident. No calls to the police were made on the day on the assault, which allowed the aggressor to leave freely next day.
The representative of Hyatt expressed total disagreement with the decision of the tribunal and said the court had been manipulated.