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EEOC suing local hotel for race discrimination

IBJ Staff
September 30, 2010
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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.
 

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  • WOW
    That's amazing. The whole point of not being a racist is to not judge people based on their race, but as an individual. I'm sure there are some lazy blacks, I know some. I also know some lazy hispanics. I know them by name. It is better to get to know someone one and judge them based on what you know, not what you have heard or seen from someone in the same race. As for managers, it is better to find alternative ways of hiring besides being prejudice.
  • MI AMIGO
    Spanish workers are VERY VERY hardworking. That is the lesson here stop being a lazy bum no matter what your skin tone is and start stepping up and earning your way in life.

    Great for the Latino's!
  • Aren't all wages competitive?
    I think its common knowledge in Indianapolis that hispanic workers are worth more hourly than black workers. White workers are paid most of all. Census demographics. Dept of Labor statistics. We already know, statistically, that blacks earn less. A lot of big employers like WalMart try to hire everybody in at the same hourly rate, but promotional raises are always competitive, and I thought it was common knowledge that blacks lagged every other category in the demographic. You got Eskimo-Americans. They probably earn more. The manager of the Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave., believed Mexican workers would clean better and complain less than black employees, the lawsuit said. I agree. Is that wrong?

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