Thursday, October 6, 2011
Whites fired so Hispanics could be hired
Someone at Hampton missed a day at school when they talked about "all men being created equal"
Former employees at a Hampton Inn Colorado hotel said they were fired and replaced with Latino workers because the business owners thought white and non-Hispanic workers were lazy, according to a federal lawsuit.
The lawsuit said that between August 2009 and November 2010, all white workers in the laundry and housekeeping departments resigned or were fired and replaced with Latinos.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeking back pay for employees that federal officials said were fired from a Hampton Inn franchise in Craig, Colo., according to the lawsuit filed last week reports ABC NEWS.
The lawsuit claims the general manager of the hotel was told by the business owners "to hire more qualified maids, and that they preferred maids to be Hispanic because in their opinion Hispanics worked harder."
The lawsuit goes on to say that one of the fired employees was told she was being terminated because the hotel owners preferred non-American and non-Caucasian workers "because it was their impression that such workers are lazy."
The hotel is operated by Century Shree Corp. and Century Rama Inc., two Wyoming corporations. Attorney Tim Kingston said Monday he could not comment because he had not yet discussed the lawsuit with his clients.
In addition to back pay, the lawsuit seeks to reinstate the fired workers at the hotel, and require mandatory antidiscrimination classes for the companies.
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