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31 Oct 2018

Migrant workers at Kempinski hotel in Qatar allegedly at risk of forced labour and debt bondage, Kempinski launches investigation; incl. co. response

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Migrant workers employed at a Kempinski hotel in cleaning, security and facilities maintenance allege several breaches of Qatar's labour laws including salaries below the minimum wage, extremely long working hours, pressure to work on days off and fines. Excessive recruitment fees have left workers in debt and piled on pressure to work longer hours and more days.</p><p>Kempinski Hotels stated the launch of an investigation into the allegations.

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs delivered a response laying out Qatar's commitment to responsible employment, and also responded to the original Guardian article in a printed letter.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre includes this case in our Allegations Tracker of Abuse Against Migrant Workers in the Gulf. On publishing the results of our first analysis we invite Kempinski to respond to the allegations. Their response is attached below.

Ahead of the Club World Cup 2019 finals, Liverpool Football Club declined FIFA's offer of the luxury Marsa Malaz Kempinski due to concerns raised by the Guardian investigation.

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