Man claims $ 10 million in compensation for discrimination and premature checkout from the Hilton Hotel
An African American, Jermaine Massey, forcibly driven out of DoubleTree by Hilton Portland in Oregon, filed a lawsuit for discrimination and claimed $ 3 million for pain and suffering and an $ 7 million in punitive damages.
According to the plaintiff’s version, that night he had a telephone conversation with his mother in the lobby, when suddenly a security guard came up to him and began to ask why he was here and if he was a hotel guest.
Without distracting from the conversation, Massey showed the key to the hotel room and thought that the interrogation was over, but no such luck. The hotel security officer insisted on pronouncing the exact number of the room in which the visitor checked in, unfortunately, Massey did not remember him. As a result of the conversation, Jermaine Massey was escorted to his room, forced to pack his stuff and leave the hotel, in the presence of the police.
This conflict occurred in December last year. Also part of the conversation was captured on the plaintiff’s mobile phone.
“He’s calling the cops on me because I’m taking a phone call at the DoubleTree hotel,” Massey said in the video. “I have not moved, I have been sitting here the whole time and they’re calling the police on me because I’m taking a phone call in the lobby. Did you ask any of those people walking by what room they were staying in? No.”
A few days later, senior management fired two of their employees and apologized to Jermaine Massey. In its apology, the Hotel mentioned “zero tolerance for racism”, but perhaps this is selective or the hotel staff recall it after the conflict.