Today, February 21, faculty from universities nationwide are releasing a statement with signers from over 150 universities, calling on Hyatt “uphold the dignity of women” and rehire two housekeepers who were fired from the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency last fall. Martha Reyes and her sister Lorena Reyes were fired after Martha objected to the posting of a bikini-clad collage of themselves and other housekeepers on a company bulletin board. Faculty in Chicago and the Bay Area are leading delegations today to members of Hyatt’s Board of Directors to deliver the petition.
Outraged by Hyatt’s actions, Women’s and Gender Studies faculty from several universities nationwide initiated the petition, explaining to colleagues in a cover letter that, “the sexualization of housekeepers is an appalling expression of power that has no place at work, . . . [and] it belongs to a long list of well-documented abusive and unsafe practices that Hyatt housekeepers, many of them women of color, all over the country endure.” In the statement signed by over 700 individuals from over 150 universities, supporters call on Hyatt to “reinstate the Reyes sisters” and “respond to Hyatt workers’ demands” that Hyatt “correct the unsafe, hazardous, and demeaning conditions facing them at work.”
To read or visit the petition, visit DignityatHyatt.org.