The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, Oregon is currently under fire for allegedly evicting a black guest for speaking on his mobile phone in the hotel’s lobby. The employees who evicted him have been fired.
As the hotel explained: “We have terminated the employment of the two men involved in the mistreatment of [Jermaine] Massey. Their actions were inconsistent with our standards and values. We reiterate our sincere apology for what he endured and will work with diversity experts to ensure this never happens again.”
Mr. Massey took videos as the incident was unfolding and said that a white hotel security guard approached him and asked for his room number. Although Mr. Massey confirmed that he was a guest in the hotel, the employees who eventually had him removed said that he posed a threat to safety and was causing a disturbance. Police arrived and escorted him off the premises.
Even Portland’s mayor weighed in: “It is deeply troubling to hear about Mr. Massey’s experience with discrimination. No one should be treated this way, and I hope this serves as a catalyst for necessary changes that address the systemic nature of discrimination of all forms.”