GROPING ALLEGATIONS: Hotel employees complain about sexual harassment

By SNO Staff

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When used in a sexual context, groping is touching or fondling another person in a sexual way using the hands; it generally has a negative connotation, and is considered sexual assault in many societies. (Wikipedia)

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.

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54 comments

  1. Hey there! I realize this is somewhat offtopic but I had to ask. gbccbeebcfek

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  2. Good stance lady, let them know that not all St. Lucian women believe in compromising their integrity for a dirty dollar.

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  3. This happens very often in the hospitality industry and some are worse than others. As to the case of the drunk foreigner I think an apology can suffice in that case because was lack of judgement on his part, the fact that his wife was shocked says this isn't normal behavior for him. I've never sexually assaulted a woman (happens the other way round at work) but I have done some stupid things when drunk. Would we even be hearing about this if he left a good tip and an apology?

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  4. I would bitch slap his so hard he swear he was sober and it never happen. Again we let them get away with murder all the time, simply because they are WHITE,I probably would be sitting in jail all by now because the law would be against me for going crazy on him..

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  5. I have never groped/indecently assault any woman in SAINT LUCIA.

    THIS IS A CRIME THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE.

    The Hotel management fail in their duties to protect the vulnerable ( who are our women) by reporting it and allow Investigators to find where the truth lies and take it further.

    I have been one of those who take full advantage of "Staycation" and have seen how hard those young women work and their ability to be attentive to you with a smile.
    So for some sick and perverted white man to be doing this to our women is not something i am willing to take lightly.

    It's a pity i don't know the young women who are victims to such. And perhaps the CRIMINAL has left the island back to the USA, CANADA OR THE UK.

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  6. Instead of going to the media who should complain to management and then go to your lawyer.

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  7. You need to look for another job. When you work in the tourism industry expect anything - thats what you signed up for. It's like working in a war zone and not expecting bullets or missles.

    This is hard to prove, do you have any evidence besides your word that this did happen - security camera footage, co-workers and other non-family guests present? That's what has to hold up in court.

    Thirdly, no hotel owner would toss out their guests for every complaint knowing that if they start turning away their guests it will be you and an entire staff of people including them going home - after having to deal with bad TripAdvisor, facebook, twitter reviews. Remember the hotel has bills to pay of which the most important are SALARIES.

    You always have the option of getting another job in another industry - perhaps a bank!

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  8. No person, man or woman, should be subjected to such disrespect. Report to your superiors IN WRITING as well as verbally. Then they cannot ignore complaint. If they do, take it to the Labor Board. I work in a hotel, and my boss threw a guest out for insulting one of the workers here. No disrespect allowed.

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  9. The guest is always right so they say in the hotel industry,and its high time this shit stops if it was me i would be fired cause i would not take that nonsense

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  10. stop acting like yal doesn't allow them to do it, I've worked at a hotel and know of employees sleeping with guests for "riches"

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    • For riches? Lmao
      Who are those guests that any hotels on island attract that are rich?
      You must be living in your own bubble.
      Or perhaps, you've never been around those people.
      Trust me when i say, you live better than alot of them.

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  11. I'm sorry they had to experience this.
    Not only would I report them my employer, I'd make a police report. Being a visitor doesn't make you above the law. Too often do people (in this case- in authority) let things slide because of a dollar and not rocking the boat/ reputation.

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  12. slap the pig a few times same spot on his face, screaming loudly, frantic and over-reacting... might have put some quick money in your pocket whether that visitor was black or white. Get a White lawyer on the phone the same night, call the police, get to Tapion for your insanity, cry your a** off And then the hotel will find out whose side to take. At this point it is probably too late to complain. Lesson is to deal with such right away ...

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  13. Why didn't she report this to the police. I would have dealt with the creep there and then. Job or no job.

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  14. I notice you left out the names of the Hotels establishments, why??.

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  15. Why are you making excuses for him stating he was drunk? Its my opinion he knew damn well what he was doing.Management was just say"you said he was drunk so i will excuse him or ask him to apologise."Next time give him a gwen babha.Lol

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  16. Ab they are some of them are thieves .sex offenders n all I've come across a no. Of them! !!

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    • You get good and bad everywhere Cass

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    • I am quite aware of it Cass.
      They walk in Empty handed, but later claim their had all manner of diamonds. They just want to make a clean sweep of the hotels.

      The hotels on island must ensure they attract a higher calibre of tourist, not the poor trash that comes through our ports.

      I just cannot stomach the fact that those WHITE MEN are groping the female workers at the hotels.

      This is by itself is Indecent assault and SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE FOR AN ARREST AND PROSECUTION OF THIS NEANDERTHAL.

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  17. your mother head

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  18. I don't understand you his wife is there you err burst his ass in her presence? then tell him have some more respect for you if he has none for his wife & kid. Girl I would grab the man with my ten finger nails at my back without turning behind and take off 10lbs of his face. These things don't happen to me.
    I was a young girl when an older man in the community passing with his car sent his hands after my stomach I had no breast at the time. I pull a spit from my throat and spit in his face. He was so shocked he looked at me and drove off. We became friends after I got older, but he respected me till his death. May he RIP.

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  19. what kind of people are them

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  20. First I wanna start by saying that I love that display pic. Now by reading this, what I got is that this hotel in question apparently have some really attractive women. If the word hotel was not mentioned I would have think it was RJ Clarke. In a real though I am not surprised the employer did nothing about it, after all, they treat guest with much more respect than their employees. A** holes!!!!

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  21. Employees should know their rights. No one has the right to touch you inappropriately anywhere on this island. That visitor knows better. In his country of residence an employee touched in this manner would sue the establishment as well the guest for big box. You should demand an apology from the employer and ensure that mechanisms are put is place especially for the protection of female employees. Next time threaten to expose the establishment.

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  22. Report him to the cops, Remember that Taxi driver who got stabbed. Yes Pal, the "Wajme" $$ would be coming to you!

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  23. Those guess should be reported to the police so that they could be arrested and brought to court cause if u go to they country and do such u would be arrested in no time.

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  24. You should have spat in his face and give him a solid slap. Sacway vieu PERVERT

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  25. Can we put a huge sign at every port of entry saying "No Trailer-Trash Allowed?"

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  26. Make a report to the police that is indescent assault, he is out of place. This is a ridiculous and disrespectful. You have an HR Department report it there if your supervisor, a male is a waste of time.

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  27. I have visited quite a number of countries. Most times i would choose to book a hotel for accommodation.

    Touching or groping the female waitresses etc, has never cross my mind. Never have i made any advances to them. Respect has always been my stance with my usual Tipping for their hard work and the courtesies that they show.

    So one has to really re-evaluate the calibre of tourist visiting our tourist.

    You can never know whether those Europeans are sexual offenders in their respective countries.

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  28. who vex pour a bottle of hot sauce in ur kyat n quif fire

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    • You could be one of those who have done it.
      You better stay hiding behind the keyboards of your computer or communicating devices.

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  29. Bring it further dear. Some men have bad manners and are full of disrespect with dirty, sick, nasty minds and blame it on alcohol.

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  30. And i need to tell young women who are employed in the Tourism Industry.

    You can be nice to those criminals that we allow on our shores. But keep your eyes open and DO NOT BE TOO FRIENDLY.

    ALWAYS REMEMBER TO MAKE A REPORT TO THE POLICE, SO THE POLICE CAN TAKE IT UP FROM THERE.

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  31. I knew eventually that the WHITE MEN would do this. This is what they do their own women in their countries Including "Upskirt photos of their women.
    So i am not surprised at all.

    Those white men have this Notion that Black women behave just like the African American Females in the US who throw themselves at them. But they fail to realize this is a different culture and society.

    The woman in question who was groped should have reported this to the Police because this is A CRIME.
    AND THIS WHITE MAN SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP.

    Any SAINT LUCIAN WOMAN who goes through this again, simply need to get in touch with me at [email protected] and i will take it up from there.

    I am very serious about it.

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    • No where in the article said the guest were white. What are you trying to say black men can't afford vacationing in st.lucia. Stop being a racist with your black and white crap. It doesn't matter whether the men who behave this way is white or black its just plain wrong. To the staff if your boss won't do anything about it report him to the proper authority for not providing a safe work environment for you. You are entitled to that if the tables were turned you would be fired.

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      • I HAVE NEVER SAID THAT, SIR.
        You did, because of your own insecurities or perhaps maliciousness.

        But clearly you are aware who the young women are referring too.

        And for you to put a spin on this like this is pathetic and FAILED AT BEST.

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    • You have a good point there AB, but um, as if nowhere in the story did they say the visitor was white! You put "White" in caps again. Please ensure you take the race card off the table before giving any advice!

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      • @fussy, I am on my COUNTRY. BORN AND RAISED IN SLU.
        And if i want to play the race card, then i damn well have the RIGHT TO DEFEND OUR WOMEN.
        Because when i go to theirs, i show due respect and follow the rule of law.

        Now I make no apologies about the race of people who do those things, because you and I know who those young women who are working their ass off referring too.

        So i wont bury my head in the sand on this issue.

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      • @ Fussy.
        I am A BORN SAINT LUCIAN. NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS AIR-BORNE TO THIS ISLAND.

        And If I want to play the RACE-CARD THEN I HAVE THE DAMN RIGHT TO DO, AS I AM IN MY OWN PIECE OF ROCK SAINT LUCIA.

        I can remember A FEW YEARS AGO, my lady (from the UK) had come to visit this island and we decided to book a hotel to get some peace and quiet.
        During the day we decided to drive around and when we returned, we sat by the bar and heard ramblings from one of the female waitresses.
        We listened carefully and she was stating exactly something similar to this done to her by a WHITE MAN.
        She was so scared to even report or say anything due to the thought of losing her job.

        So I won't BURY MY HEAD in the sand and pretend that I HAVE NO CLUE WHO ARE THEY ARE REFERRING TOO OR WHO THE SUSPECTS ARE.

        SO LET'S BE HONEST AND STOP THE BS EXCUSE.

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    • your comment real racist

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    • You are a racist and an ignorant one as well.

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  32. 2 b honest with u I wud knee him in the balls in the presence of his wife it is hi time those desease riddle desperate so called tourist be tought a lesson when it cumz 2 respecting our women here in st lucia and my adive 2 u is 2 luanch a formal complain an if nothin is done by the employer or the other athourities go 2 the media this shit have 2 stop in our country choopz

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  33. I feel you'll should make a report to the Labour Department cause this is not fair I remember a case where buju banton slap an employee and the employee got fired, the visitors will they can do what they want in this country. Its time the government have a look in to them things cause most of the staff's don't won't to make reports cause they afraid to looks they job after getting one is already hard to find

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  34. WHAT HOTEL IS THAT BOY I CAN WORK THERE OUI LOLOLOL THATS NO HOTEL A SEX ESTABLISHMENT LOL HUNNI ULL LOSE YUH WORK JUST ACCEPT IT AND MAKE YOUR MONEY COUNTRY HARD HAHAHA

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