As a professor who has regularly taught service workers for the last 15 years, I believe we should reconsider the proposed boycott of Dorchester Collection hotels.
Boycotting a hotel, or any other kind of like property, hurts the people who work there more than it hurts the ownership. If someone takes a moment to see the workers at the hotel, they will see many immigrants and first generation citizens as well as individuals of varying sexual and gender orientations, working diligently each day to earn a living, dedicated to their customers. Staying away only hurts these people and limits their opportunities for remuneration and growth.
Recommending such a boycott also prompts the question why we patronise venues supported by investments from China, Saudi Arabia, or other repressive regimes that routinely violate human rights.
George Clooney, and others, while eloquently arguing a point that is morally right, promote a cause of action that will harm many hard-working people.
Dr Christian B Teeter
Assistant Professor of Business,
Mount Saint Mary’s University,
Los Angeles, CA, US
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