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Molested hotel cleaner awarded 57,000 euros compensation by French labour court

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A luxury Paris hotel has been ordered to pay thousands of euros' compensation to a cleaner who was molested by a Qatari guest.

A Paris industrial tribunal ordered the five-star Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme to pay the cleaner 30,000 euros and the company that provides cleaning crews 27,000 euros, judging that they did not provide sufficient safeguards against such incidents.

The cleaner, a Guinean national now aged 33, was found to have been molested by a member of the entourage of a Qatari prince.

She was fired in January 2011 for refusing to transfer to another hotel after reportedly attempting suicide and taking sick leave on several occasions for "post-traumatic stress".

The dismissal was "tantamount to discrimination", the tribunal found.

It also criticised the hotel for failing to alert the police on the evening of the assault, thus allowing the aggressor to flee the following day.

The cleaner's lawyer Maude Beckers hailed "a first in the area of sexual harassment".

The Park Hyatt said it was in "total disagreement" with the ruling and would appeal.

The ruling is "based on multiple untruths and shows that the tribunal was manipulated", regional vice-president Michel Jauslin told the AFP news agency.