UNITE HERE Local 1 releases TV ad denouncing State Rep. Moylan’s response to waitress reporting sexual harassment at Rivers Casino

Contact: Sarah Lyons, 312-385-0603, slyons@unitehere.org

CHICAGO — Today UNITE HERE Local 1 is releasing a television ad challenging the behavior that keeps young women from reporting sexual harassment. Featuring Karen Kent, President of UNITE HERE Local 1, the ad calls out the behavior of Illinois State Representative Marty Moylan.

In the ad, President Kent reveals that Representative Moylan laughed after a 21 year-old waitress came forward to share her story of sexual harassment while working at Rivers Casino. Representative Moylan’s 55th district includes Des Plaines, IL where Rivers Casino is located.

UNITE HERE Local 1 will push out the ad in digital media with today’s launch of www.come-forward.org. The union is in the process of securing air time on broadcast television in the Chicago market.

“That young woman came forward.  That is why I made this video. To call out the behavior that keeps other young women silent. And I want your help to make sure more young women see it,” states President Kent in an open letter (see full text of letter here).

“Representative Moylan’s behavior demonstrates a need for a very public challenge,” says President Kent. “We need to show our daughters, nieces, friends and colleagues that we are behind them, that we believe in them, that we’ve been there, and we’re going to end it. I invite leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, public officials to step up and support the young women, the women with the fewest resources, who are making their way in the world.”

UNITE HERE Local 1, Chicago’s hospitality workers union, represents over 15,000 hotel and food service workers in Chicago and casino workers in Northwest Indiana.