Two employees of a well-known hotel in the northern region of the island have complained to St. Lucia News Online (SNO) about their employer’s alleged inaction against visitors who grope them on the job.
One of the employees said as recent as this week, a visitor squeezed her buttocks in the presence of his family, including his wife, and several co-workers.
The visitor was clearly drunk, she said.
“He arrived at the hotel with his wife and two young children. I greeted them and he hugged me, and squeezed my a***,” said the disappointed woman.
“I tried to push him off. He smelled of alcohol. I think he was drunk,” she noted.
The employee said she was embarrassed and the man’s wife looked equally shocked.
“I walked away in disgust. Next morning I made a report to my boss. He says ‘I’ll look into it’. He did not ask for the guest’s name, or room number or anything. I am yet to hear from him,” she complained.
She said this is not the first time visitors have groped or made sexual advances at staff, and nothing is done about it. She believes the employers are afraid of losing business at the expense of the staff’s diginity.
She said earlier this year, a front-desk staff was kissed on the lips by a male visitor and a complaint was made. The male visitor left without even being questioned.
Another employee of the same company, said she too was touched on her breast by a visitor who told her she has “fine breasts”.
“The man was stink of alcohol but I know he was aware of what he did,” she said.
She said if nothing is done about this coming week, she will lodge a complaint with the Labour Department and the government ministry.
Asked if male workers have complained about similar issues, she said: “Not that I am aware of. The men would never complain. A lot of them would entertain sexual advances from the females. I believe some of them sleep with the guests from time to time. They’re men. I am a woman. I look at it differently. I have a boyfriend and I am not desperate for sex or attention.”
SNO will continue to follow this story and will provide more information when it becomes available.