NEW YORK — On Tuesday, Hyatt hotel housekeepers in eight cities across the U.S. filed injury complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), reporting repetitive motion and other kinds of injuries sustained on the job, according to a press release.
The landmark multi-city filing at 12 Hyatt properties that employ over 3,500 workers is the first of its kind in the private sector, the release noted.
A major peer-reviewed study of hotel worker injuries at 50 U.S. hotels operated by the five largest U.S. hotel companies was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (AJIM) earlier this year: By company, housekeepers working at Hyatt hotels in the AJIM study had the highest injury rate of those hotels studied, the release stated.
According to the release, the AJIM study found the highest injury rates among hotel workers to be in housekeeping: The study also indicated alarming differences in hotel injuries by race and gender, showing that women hotel workers were 50 percent more likely to be injured than men and Hispanic women had almost double the risk of injury of their white female counterparts.
Complaints were filed by workers in Hyatt Hotels in the following cities: San Antonio, Chicago, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Honolulu and Indianapolis, the release added.
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