Following the spate of news stories about sexual assault that have taken place in hotel rooms, the Screen Actors Guild has called for an end to holding meetings in hotel rooms.
The Screen Actors Guild has called for an end to private meetings in “high-risk locations” in the wake of a string of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.
Sag-Aftra, the labor union for actors in film and television, has issued a guideline calling on producers and executives to avoid arranging meetings in hotel rooms or private residences. The document notes that “misconduct … often occurs outside of the formal workplace setting”.
In the unlikely event that the meeting cannot take place in a more open setting, the document suggests that a “support peer” be present.
I am surprised that meetings need to take place in hotel rooms at all, unless you have very good reasons to think that you are being targeted for spying by someone. Hotels have lobbies, coffee shops, and restaurants that have plenty of spaces to talk to people privately. I have attended a huge number of conferences and meetings that have been held in hotels and on occasion have had to meet with another person or a small group of people. It never crossed my mind to invite them to my hotel room, nor have I ever been invited to someone else’s. My world of academic meetings is different from the film industry but I cannot imagine that it is that different.
Private discussions are not that hard to have in public spaces unless one is a loud talker or are being specifically targeted for eavesdropping by professionals. How likely is that? Sure people can see who you are meeting with but unless something nefarious is going on, that is hardly significant.