Boston Hotel Workers File Discrimination Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed this week by seven current and former employees of Fairmont Copley Plaza claims that the Boston hotel and its managers discriminated against employees of Moroccan descent and with Muslim religious beliefs.  According to the lawsuit, employees were verbally and physically intimidated by co-workers following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The lawsuit also includes claims of wrongful termination and retaliation.

“There became a pattern of harassment and after the attacks on Sept. 11, the level of harassment increased,” said Rahsaan Hall, an attorney with the nonprofit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association, which filed the complaint against the Fairmont Copley yesterday in US District Court.

A spokeswoman for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Inc., which runs the Fairmont Copley, referred questions about the case to a local representative from the hotel. However, that representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

According to the 71-page court filing, seven employees of Moroccan descent – all of whom are US citizens – repeatedly were disparaged by co-workers who called them “terrorists” and accused them of being members of the Taliban. In one instance, one of the employees was grabbed inappropriately by a hotel doorman. In another, during a meeting with several people, including a human resources director, the hotel’s general manager allegedly said: “I have two problems: the rats and the Moroccans. I took care of one and I can’t figure out the other.”

Read more at the Boston Globe here.


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