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A hotel guest whose lawyers say he was ousted from a Hilton DoubleTree hotel in Oregon for 'calling his mother while black' from his cellphone in the hotel lobby is seeking $10 million in a lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Jermaine Massey's lawyers against the hotel chain, the Oregonian reported.
Massey - Lawyers - Problem - Racism - Hilton
Massey's lawyers claim there's a systemic problem of racism within the Hilton hotel chain, which owns 17 brands including the DoubleTree, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, Waldorf-Astoria and over 5,800 properties worldwide. The chain has failed to institute adequate policies and training that would prevent racial profiling, the lawyers said.
The lawsuit says Massey, a 35-year-old from the Seattle area, was staying at the DoubleTree in Portland's Lloyd District on December 22 when a security guard asked if he was a guest and to state his room number.
Massey - Cellphone - Video - Internet - Millions
Massey used his cellphone to capture what happened next in video that was posted to the internet, racking up millions of views and many remarks on social media.
After Massey said he was a guest, the guard told Massey he was 'loitering' and the police were on the way to escort him off the property.
Room - Belongings - Midnight - Hotel - Lawsuit
He was eventually accompanied to his room so he could pack his belongings and he was forced at about midnight to find another hotel, according to the lawsuit.
'Mr. Massey hopes to learn what policies of Hilton have led to these events, what Hilton has done in response to such events, and will ask the jury to punish Hilton as an example to other hotels who may be tempted to encourage or tolerate discrimination at their places of business,' said Portland attorney Jason Kafoury.
Series - Statements - Week - Massey - Ouster
In a series of statements in the week following Massey's ouster, the hotel 'sincerely apologized,' announced it had placed the guard and...
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