Feds: Hotel Discriminated Against Black Employees

WRTV-TV (Indianapolis), September 30, 2010

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed a lawsuit against an Indianapolis Hampton Inn hotel, alleging that the business discriminated against black housekeeping employees.

According to the complaint, the general manager of the Hampton Inn at 2311 N. Shadeland Ave., told employees that she wanted Mexican workers instead of blacks because they would clean better and complain less.

EEOC claims that the hotel paid black employees less and fired black housekeepers who complained. The suit also charges that the hotel destroyed employment records going back at least two years.

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The EEOC said it wants compensatory and punitive damages, along with back pay for the employees. It also seeks a permanent injunction to bar the hotel from perpetuating racial discrimination or retaliation, the same practices the agency alleged took place.

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