ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who was secretly videotaped nude while staying at hotels, filed a lawsuit Thursday against seven hotels and the suburban Chicago man who admitted making the tapes.These lawsuits are important because it isn't only celebrities who can be harmed because companies or their employees gave out this type of information. Other stalking victims can also be harmed as well as victims of domestic violence who may use going to a hotel as part of their safety plan.
Andrews filed the suit in Cook County against the hotels for negligence and invasion of privacy, about seven months after Michael David Barrett, of Westmont, Ill., pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to interstate stalking.
Andrews' lawsuit alleges the hotels confirmed where Barrett was staying and gave out her room number without her permission.
In 3 cities hotels not only gave out her room number, they allowed Andrews' stalker to book a room next to hers.
Too often basic security and privacy considerations are ensured only when companies believe they will be hurt financially if they fail to have effective policies in place.