A Hampton Inn Franchise Pays $85,000 To Settle A Discrimination Lawsuit
A Hampton Inn owned and operated by Century Shree Corporation, pays $85,000 to settle a national origin and racial discrimination lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to published accounts the company illegally terminated employees beginning in August 2009 because of their race, Caucasian, and national origin, non-Hispanic. You don't really see this type of discrimination case very often.
An entire class of employees, including Wendy Buckley, Ashlee Flannery and Dewetta McKnight, were discharged from the Craig Hampton Inn because management of the company subscribed to stereotypes that white or non-Hispanic workers were indolent. This is sometime referred to reverse discrimination because traditional discrimination involved minorities being the victims of discriminatory conduct. This case highlights that white workers have protection under the discrimination laws in Illinois and under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"An employer cannot discharge or refuse to hire an individual based on derogatory stereotypical beliefs about that person's race or national origin." said EEOC attorney Mary Jo O'Neill