The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday it is suing the owner of an Indianapolis hotel, charging that it treated black housekeepers unfairly.
EEOC’s complaint against New Indianapolis Hotels Inc. is on behalf of a class of fired black housekeepers, as well as a class of black applicants who sought housekeeping jobs at the Hampton Inn hotel at 2311 N. Shadeland Ave.
The lawsuit alleges that the hotel denied employment to black housekeeping applicants, offered lower pay and hours to black housekeeping staff, terminated black housekeepers who complained of the less-favorable treatment, and destroyed records since at least Sept. 2, 2008.
The suit alleges that the general manager of the hotel advised her employees that she wanted to get “Mexicans” in who do a better job and complain less than her black housekeeping staff.
EEOC said it filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis after attempting to reach a settlement with the hotel’s owner.
The agency is seeking damages and back pay, in addition to a permanent injunction to prevent New Indianapolis Hotels from engaging in race discrimination.
EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.