Hotels are frequently the setting for sexual assault because they inherently facilitate anonymity, trespassing, and crimes of a sexual nature. It is every hotel’s legal responsibility to exercise due care in protecting its guests and employees from sexual assault. Failure to carry out this duty of care can result in liability for a sexual assault crime on the premises.
Sexual assault is defined as penetration or any other conduct of a sexual nature without consent of the other party. It doesn’t necessarily require physical contact. If you have recently experienced sexual assault at a hotel,contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. We can put our legal experience advocating for victims of sexual assault to work on your behalf. Our lawyers can review your case, answer your legal questions, and help you take the first step toward a positive case resolution. Call (888) 424-5757 today for a free, confidential consultation.
Hotel Sexual Assault and Negligent Security
Sexual assault at a hotel is an indicator the establishment could have a serious issue with security.Under the premises liability laws of most states, property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care regarding security of their premises. Hotels must take reasonable steps to protect their guests from foreseeable risks of harm—including crimes such as sexual assault—which can include:
- Remain aware of previous criminal cases in the hotel and in the surrounding neighborhood
- Install security cameras, parking lot lights, locked gates, security guards, and other measures to prevent crime
- Ensure the security and performance of all doors, windows, and locks on the premises
- Inspect the property for potential hazards such as broken locks
- Take steps to prevent or eliminate the frequency of prostitution in the hotel
- Check visitors who enter the premises for proper keycards or identification to ensure they are not trespassing
A hotel operator or owner could be liable for negligent security if it fails to prevent or address risks of sexual assault. Evidence of negligent security could be enough to grant an injured hotel guest compensation for damages.
Hotel Sexual Assault Prevention for Employees
Paying guests and visitors are not the only persons at risk of sexual assault in the hotel setting. Hotel employees may also face sexual assault by coworkers, supervisors, or guests staying at the hotel. Again, it is up to the hotel to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual assault of its employees and contractors on the property. Preventive measures may include:
- Training employees about sexual violence in the workplace
- Implementing rules to prevent a maid or other worker from being alone in the same room with a guest
- Installing panic buttons for maid service staff in guest rooms
- Training employees how to recognize the signs of sexual violence, harassment, assault, and rape
- Encouraging employees to report cases of sexual assault without fear of retaliation
If you were the victim of workplace sexual assault as a hotel employee, you should seek qualified legal counsel. An experienced sexual assault lawyer can help you gather evidence such as surveillance footage or eyewitness testimonies to help build a case against the perpetrator and/or your employer. You deserve legal recourse as the victim of workplace sexual assault in the hospitality industry.
Filing a Lawsuit for Hotel Sexual Assault
If you have been the victim of nonconsensual sexual activity while working or staying at a hotel, protect your rights by retaining an attorney who can help you file a personal injury claim against the assailant as well as a negligent security action against the hotel. Claims against all responsible defendants can lead to maximum compensation for your damages, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Sexual assault therapy or counseling
- Lost income or employment opportunities
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
- Lost quality or enjoyment of life
To file a sexual assault lawsuit, you will need to bring your claim in the proper court within your state’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury suit. You or your attorney will need to gather any available evidence against the defendant. Your lawyer may need to hire experts on negligent security to testify on your behalf. Your lawyer will handle the hard work involved in investigating and building your case while you focus on physical and emotional healing.
Get Legal Help for Your Hotel Sexual Assault Claim
Filing a civil claim against the perpetrator who victimized you, the hotel owner, or another party for hotel sexual assault can help give you and your family justice, closure, and peace of mind. It could also aid your future financial stability by granting you compensation for your damages. At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, we have the necessary experience handling these types of cases to bring a successful claim, and we are sensitive to the issues involved.Contact us nowto schedule a free, 100-percent confidential case evaluation.