Can I sue a hotel chain regarding a night auditor who entered my room unannounced in the middle of the night?

I was in my room with my 12 year-old son. Around 12:15 am the phone in the room rang but I did not answer the phone. About 15 minutes or so later I heard the door open and the light of the hallway poured into my room and the night auditor walked in. I jumped out of bed as he was leaving and pursued him into the hallway in my boxers. He was quite a ways down the hall and I yelled at him and he made it sound as though he didn’t know what room I was in and was making sure. The next morning I spoke with the manager in the lobby who essentially didn’t believe me or apologize. They fired him.

Asked on September 12, 2010 under Personal Injury, Oregon

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Although it appears that you were involved in an unfortunate set of circumstances, I am in doubt that you have enough to sustain a claim for anything under any cause of action.  Additionally, what damages can you prove?  Without a doubt you were inconvenienced and I would write a letter to the business offices of the hotel chain and advise them of what happened, how you were treated, and the end result.  List the name of the person who entered the room and the manager, if you know.  Let them know that you were in fear for you and your 12 year old son.  Then wait and see what happens.  Any reputable hotel chain will respond and probably offer you compensation in one form or another.  Good luck.


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