An African-American guest evicted from a DoubleTree hotel in Oregon after talking to his mother in the hotel lobby on his cellphone claims $ 10 million in damages.
Jermaine Massey claims Circuit Court filed Tuesday in Multnomah County stated that he had been falsely arrested and discriminated against in the DoubleTree of Hilton Portland last year.
Massey, a Microsoft employee based in Kent, Washington, was on December 22nd at the hotel in Portland's Lloyd District. 2018. While phoning his mother in the hotel lobby around 11:00 pm, a security guard asked Massey if he was a guest, his lawyers said.
"His mother had some kind of health condition," he told Portland lawyer Jason Kafoury, who represents Massey. "It was two o'clock in the morning in Baltimore."
After Massey had shown his hotel key card, the security guard asked him for his room number, Kafoury said what his client could do. I do not remember.
The guard threatened to call the Massey police and told him that he was "loitering" and "posing a risk to the safety of hotel guests." The guard then contacted the on-duty manager and called the police, who removed Massey from the hotel, according to court cases.
Massey was taken to his hotel room and forced to collect his belongings, Kafoury said. "You basically said, if you do not go, we'll arrest you for transgressing," he said.
"We hope to find out what they have done over the last 10 months to change anything," said Kafoury. "And we'll also use this case to set an example so other hotels and the Hilton will not treat anyone like that."
Massey captured some of the interaction with the security guard on the mobile phone video that was just posted on social media and widely distributed online.
"He calls the police for answering a call at DoubleTree Hotel," Massey said in the video. "I did not move, I've been sitting here all the time and they call the police over because I'm taking a call in the lobby, did you ask somebody what room he's in?" " Incident reports inspired the hashtag #CallingYourMomWhileBlack.
Days after the incident, DoubleTree by Hilton Portland apologized to Massey in a tweet and said they had "terminated the hiring of the two men involved." 19659002] "We apologize We sincerely thank Mr. Massey for his treatment over the past weekend and deeply regret the experience he has made, which was unacceptable and contradicted our values, beliefs and desire to treat all the people who visit our hotel. " The Tweet on Wednesday did not return an immediate request for comment.
19659002] Hilton said in a statement that it was "no tol is committed to racism and committed to creating a welcoming environment for all guests. "
Hilton accelerated its scheduled training for all franchise houses worldwide and worked with the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland. Oregon, an independent company owned and operated to ensure that its employees have undergone diversity and unconscious bias training, "the statement said, adding that Massey intends to pay punitive damages in The lawsuit cites Hilton Corporation, the DoubleTree, in which the incident occurred, as well as the security guard and manager as defendants.