Hotel manager accused of harassing and raping maid

A maid at a Miami based hotel has filed a state court lawsuit accusing a hotel manager of subjecting her to persistent workplace harassment including sexual harassment culminating in sexual assaults and rape.

The plaintiff is the married mother of two children. She asserts that she consistently resisted the male manager’s sexual advances, making it clear to him that she was not interested, but that he persisted, ultimately taking her by force and sexual molesting her on the hotel premises. He also engaged in sexual assaults on other maids employed on the hotel’s property.

At one point, according to court documents she filed, he demanded that she supply him with nude pictures of herself, threatening her with the loss of her job if she refused. He allegedly raped her by using a pretext of asking her to bring towels to a room, waiting inside, and pulling her into the room when she arrived.

After the initial assault, according to the complaint, the hotel manager sexually molested the maid on a number of occasions. In addition to threatening her with loss of her employment, he allegedly said that he would make trouble for her with immigration officials if she complained or failed to comply with his demands. She is an immigrant from Honduras, and was paid $7.67 an hour for her work at the hotel.

The abuse went on for two and a half years, according to the lawsuit.

Sexual harassment is a terrible offense, which can cause severe emotional damage to victims and their families. Workers have a right to do their job in peace and safety, and if the facts of this case are true, then this worker’s rights were violated in the worst possible way. She has not named her assailant as a defendant in the suit, instead targeting three companies involved in her employment. Based on the woman’s report, however, it seems likely that the hotel manager will one day face trial as well.

Source: Opposing Views, “Maid Claims Marriott Manager William Castro Raped Her,” Sept. 18, 2012