Hotel workers gathered outside the New York court where Dominique Strauss-Kahn was appearing, heckled the ex-IMF boss in a show of solidarity with his alleged victim.
They said the risk of being assaulted by guests is real.
“We are here to support the lady from the Sofitel hotel,” one women in the protest said. She added: “A lot of things happen behind doors, you know. When you close that door, there is a lot of things that you could go through.”
“We are here to make sure that they give us respect,” another said. “That is what we are looking for.”
Wearing hotel uniforms, dozens of women arrived on a specially chartered bus. They carried signs saying: ‘An injury to one of us is an injury to all of us’.