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Hotel sued for race discrimination

October 01, 2010
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INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said it is suing the owner of an Indianapolis hotel, charging that it treated black housekeepers unfairly, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.
The 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, the article noted.
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 September 2, 2008, the article stated.
According to the article, the suit alleges that the general manager of the hotel advised her employees that she wanted to hire "Mexicans" who do a better job and complain less than her black housekeeping staff.
The agency is seeking damages and back pay, in addition to a permanent injunction to prevent New Indianapolis Hotels from engaging in race discrimination, the article added.
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