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Workers sue 10 hotels, allege wage violations

January 9, 2012

Attorneys for workers at downtown Indianapolis hotels filed a federal lawsuit on Monday alleging wage and hour violations.

The suit targets 10 major hotels along with Hospitality Staffing Solutions, a subcontractor that employs many hotel workers, according to a prepared statement from the plaintiffs.

The suit, filed on behalf of 14 individual plaintiffs, alleges the hotels and HSS regularly failed to pay employees for all the hours they worked and forced them to work off the clock without breaks.

Attorneys hope to have the suit certified as a class action. They say hotel workers could be entitled to as much as $10 million in back pay.

The case appears to be timed to capitalize on the national spotlight on Indianapolis because of next month’s Super Bowl. The statement says hotels will make millions of dollars because of the event but that workers earn as little as $7.25 an hour and receive few benefits.

A phone call seeking comment from HSS was not immediately returned.

The suit makes the allegations against the JW Marriott, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, the Canterbury Hotel, the Conrad Indianapolis, Embassy Suites Downtown, Holiday Inn Select Indianapolis Airport, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport, the Omni Severin and the Westin Hotel.

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