Photo: Hampton Inn Involved in Reverse Discrimination Case
A lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges a Hampton Inn franchise in Colorado discriminated against white workers by firing them preferring Hispanic workers they deemed worked harder.
In addition Hampton In is in trouble for not maintaining appropriate records needed to further investigate discrimination allegations. The actual lawsuit was filed on September 29, 2011.
According to the EEOC, a class of employees, including Wendy Buckley, Ashlee Flannery, and Dewetta McKnight, was discharged from the Hampton Inn at Craig, Colorado, because the owners of the companies subscribed to stereotypes that White or non-Hispanic workers were indolent. Employers are prohibited from discharging employees because of their race or national origin, including if the action is informed by negative myths and stereotypes.
“An employer cannot discharge or refuse to hire an individual based on derogatory beliefs about that person’s race or national origin,” said Mary Jo O’Neill, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Phoenix District Office. “Employers cannot choose employees based on the color of their skin or their ancestry. This form of blatant discrimination clearly violates federal law.”
The Commission is pursuing back pay and compensatory damages on behalf of Buckley, Flannery, McKnight, and all other employees adversely affected by Hampton’s conduct.