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On Thursday, March 22, Hyatt suspended Morena Hernandez less than two weeks after she spoke out about abuses women of Hyatt suffer on International Women’s Day. In less than two days, over 1000 people took action, calling on Hyatt to rehire Morena and end its abuse of housekeepers. Now we are happy to report that Morena is back to work.
Morena is among a growing group of women working at Hyatt, who are standing up and speaking out about abuses at work. Around International Women’s Day, she spoke with local politicians about abuses housekeepers suffer and described how she takes medication regularly for back and shoulder pain. She was also one of two housekeepers to leaflet guests at the hotel’s main entrance about the Hyatt’s unjust firing of two women in Santa Clara, Calif. The leaflets described how the Hyatt Santa Clara fired the Reyes sisters, with 30 years of combined experience, after an objection to the posting of demeaning pictures of housekeepers in bikinis on a bulletin board at work.
Women workers of Hyatt Hotels struggle daily with an employer that injures their bodies, disrespects their rights, and treats workers as if they are disposable. Morena has been vocal about these abuses, and now she has found herself under attack. Thanks to you, she’s not alone.
We thank all those who took action to on Morena’s behalf and ask that you continue to stand with Hyatt workers to hold Hyatt accountable for its actions as we move forward.