Ore. ho­tel fires 2 work­ers for ‘mis­treat­ment’ of black guest

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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