It is very important for employers to not engage in wrongful discrimination, such as race and national origin discrimination, against their employees. Such discrimination can cause a great deal of harm to employees.
Reportedly, the hotel fired some Caucasian/non-Hispanic workers. The EEOC claimed that the hotel's management held certain views regarding Caucasian/non-Hispanic workers and that these views were behind the firings. Thus, the EEOC alleged that the firings were race and national origin based.
A discrimination lawsuit was brought in a federal court in Colorado by the EEOC against the hotel in connection to these allegations. According to a press release on the EEOC's website, the EEOC and the hotel recently settled this lawsuit. Reportedly, as part of the settlement, the hotel will take certain steps aimed at preventing workplace discrimination. The hotel has also reportedly agreed to make a monetary payment to the victims of the alleged discriminatory firings and offer reinstatement to these individuals.
As the allegations in this recently settled case illustrate, race/national origin discrimination can be very harmful to employees. Thus, one hopes that employers are held accountable when they engage in such discrimination. No employee should have to worry that they will be discriminated against on the basis of their race or national origin by their employer.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Hampton Inn Franchise to Pay $85K to Settle EEOC Race and National Origin Bias Suit," Oct. 2, 2012
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