Ore. hotel fires 2 workers for ‘mistreatment’ of black guest
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon hotel said it fired two of its employees for “mistreatment” of a black man who was talking on his cellphone in the lobby when he was asked to leave a week ago.
DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland tweeted Saturday it has terminated the workers’ employment. The hotel didn’t identify the employees.
Jermaine Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby Dec. 22. He was staying at the hotel, and his attorneys say they want a public explanation and intend to pursue legal action, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
On Friday, the hotel apologized to Massey on Twitter, saying the employees involved had been placed on leave and an investigation would be conducted.