Indy hotel to pay $355,000 to settle race lawsuit

The operators of an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to pay $355,000 to settle allegations they underpaid and fired African-American housekeepers because of their race.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Friday that it had filed a consent degree in federal court with Noble Management LLC and New Indianapolis Hotels LLC, which operate the Hampton Inn on Shadeland Avenue on Indianapolis' north side.

The agency says the companies also retaliated against black employees who complained about racial bias. The EEOC also says the hotel regularly excluded African-American job applicants who were equally or better qualified than the Hispanic applicants it hired as housekeepers.

The agency says the settlement will be divided among 75 employees or job applicants.

An attorney for the companies didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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