Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hotel Discrimination? Rate Gap?

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The entire 19th floor and a lounge at a JW Marriott hotel set to open in September will be reserved exclusively for female clientele.

"A lot of women are saying they're not feeling like they're safe when they're traveling to a strange city," a spokesperson told The Grand Rapids Press.

Access to those rooms will come at a $25- to $30-per-night premium over the standard rate of about $229.

Wait a mintue, is that really legal? Not just the part about discrimination against men from staying on the 19th floor, but the part about about discrimination against women for having to pay more than men for basically the same room? Isn't this evidence of a "rate gap" because men are paying only 88% of what women pay?

A spokesman for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission said he was uncertain about the legality of a hotel offering a women-only floor.

1 Comments:

At 5/18/2007 10:05 AM, Anonymous Walt G. said...

What method do you suppose they use to make sure the women who appear to be women are actually women? Possibly strip searches at the check-in counter?

 

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