For immediate release
August 10, 2018
Miami, FL – Thursday night, the Florida chapter of the largest hotel worker union, UNITE HERE, slammed Florida candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination Jeff Greene for physically assaulting a hotel worker five years ago, and today through his campaign blaming the worker for the assault. On Thursday, as news of the assault and its corresponding police report broke in Miami, Greene issued a statement from his gubernatorial campaign blaming the worker for the assault, and asserted that she filed the police report regarding the assault because she was “having a bad day.”
“Women don’t file a police report of physical assault in their workplace because they’re ‘having a bad day’ like Jeff Greene says they do, and this incident is even more disturbing because he was a boss having unwanted physical contact with an employee,” said Wendi Walsh, secretary-treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 355 in Southern Florida. “Jeff Greene’s misogynistic campaign response today is just as disturbing as the initial altercation he had with this woman. Jeff Greene owes all the women in Florida an apology.” Greene’s statement blaming the woman’s report of the assault on her ‘bad day’ came just days after Florida hotel workers celebrated winning panic buttons in Miami Beach to combat the extraordinarily high rates of assault and harassment female hotel workers experience.
“It is unacceptable for a statewide candidate for office to respond to serious allegations of physical assault in this manner, and brings into question Greene’s understanding of the pervasive harassment hospitality industry workers like the Miami Beach workers who just won panic buttons experience,” Walsh continued. “Greene has raised serious questions about his respect for women and capacity for empathy that all Floridians will now have to grapple with.”
UNITE HERE Local 355 represents members working in the hotel, food service, and airport industries in Southern Florida. Learn more at www.unitehere355.org