I-124 Decision, June 9

Seattle hotels remain devoted to a safe, healthy work environment that respects the rights of both our employees and our guests. Initiative 124 threatens that commitment, impeding the industry’s ability to manage and provide opportunities to its workforce, while violating the rights of our customers.

The Seattle Hotel Association, Washington Hospitality Association and American Hotel & Lodging Association filed a lawsuit in December requesting the court invalidate the ordinance. In his decision on June 9, the judge did not rule in our favor.

The decision is troubling because one of the provisions, requiring hotels to blacklist guests, forces our industry to choose between protecting our guests or protecting our employees.

Our industry must protect both.

We’ll continue to evaluate our options. We know that working together is a more effective means to address the issues put forth in this initiative.

In the future, hoteliers look forward to having a seat at the table before initiatives impacting our industry are designed and passed.

With a spirit of collaboration, we’ll continue to focus on our commitment to fostering a safe and vibrant environment in Seattle for our employees and guests.

Questions? Email jillianh@wahospitality.org.


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