EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Hilton Hotels Chicago For Hostile Work Environment
Hilton Hotels in Chicago was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") alleging the hotel violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting its Hispanic employees to a hostile work environment. The hostile work environment came in the form of subjecting the Hispanic workers to frequent ethnic slurs from the hotel’s executive chef. The slurs included referring to Hispanic employees under the chef's supervision as wetbacks, stupid Mexicans and f**cking Mexicans.
In cases like this the EEOC will first try to negotiate a settlement between the parties and if unsuccessful will then file a lawsuit if the facts support it. In a down economy like we presently have, many employees will look the other way or put up with this type of discriminatory conduct because they are afraid of losing their job. It takes guts to come forward and file a complaint to protect your rights. Another option for the two workers would have been to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights ("IDHR"). The IDHR would automatically cross file the complaint with the EEOC. I prefer the IDHR venue because they seem better staffed to investigate claims and I prefer to stay in the state system.
“Employees should never have to put up with such humiliation and ridicule on the job,” said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru.
A claim like this could also be classified as national origin discrimination because the two employees are being targeted based on their national origin which is Hispanic. You can visit my website to learn more about this type and other forms of discrimination. With an increase in hysteria about immigration reform in this country, many employees are currently being discriminated against.