When I arrived at my job as a housekeeper at the Hyatt Hotel Santa Clara one day in September, I heard my co-workers laughing at a photo collage posted on the wall. I saw a photo of my face edited onto the “sexy” body of a bikini-clad woman holding a surfboard. A similar faked image of my sister Lorena had also been posted
I was humiliated, and I took down the photos of my sister and me. I wouldn’t give them back, and I said that if anyone wanted the photos back they would have to get them from me in court.
Days later the hotel fired both Lorena and me.
Lorena worked at the hotel property for 24 years, and I worked there for seven. We both had excellent work records. I have five children and legal custody of three grandchildren, and I’m now in danger of losing my home.
My sister and I have started a petition to demand that the Hyatt hotel give us our jobs back with back pay for the time we have been without work.
We did not deserve to be fired. We just want to be treated with respect.
Tell Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian to reinstate us with back pay now.
This isn’t the only kind of abuse housekeepers experience at Hyatt hotels. Our injury rates are high, our wages are low, and immigrant workers are exploited by Hyatt’s subcontractors. At three non-union hotels in Boston, Hyatt fired its entire housekeeping staff on one day, replacing career workers with temporary workers doing more work for less pay and no benefits.
Workers must be able to complain about the conditions in their workplace without fearing retaliation. Firing us was wrong. Please stand with us and demand that Hyatt make it right!
(For more information, visit www.hotelworkersrising.org)