Week Adjourned: 12.10.10

Top Lawsuits

Hilton’s in the news this week. This time it’s not Paris who’s behaving badly, but rather the hotel chain that is her family namesake. A former employee of Hilton Worldwide Inc, is suing the company over allegations of unlawful employment practices. No. Really? 

Yes. Specifically, the Hilton lawsuit contains facts related to nonpayment of wages, harassment, and sexual favoritism.

In a nutshell, Brian Marcus was employed by Hilton as the Director of Food & Beverages at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel (“Bayfront”) in San Diego and during his employment, Marcus alleges that he was subjected to harassment and then terminated so that Hilton could avoid having to pay him a bonus that he had already earned. Both of these actions are in violation of California law.

Mr. Marcus alleges that “just over a month before the end of 2009, Hilton terminated Mr. Marcus’s employment and refused to pay him any portion of his bonus for 2009 which he had earned under Hilton’s bonus program. The Complaint alleges that Mr. Marcus’s termination was part of a plan by his supervisor to eliminate him from the hotel so that the supervisor could continue to take additional control without intervention. Hilton created the system by which this supervisor was able to manipulate others for her financial gain and the financial detriment of people like Mr. Marcus.”

In addition, “Hilton subjected Mr. Marcus to a hostile, abusive and intimidating work environment in which sexually inappropriate behavior permeated the workplace. Mr. Marcus is seeking lost pay and benefits and damages associated with mental suffering.”

Bad behavior, it seems, is the Hilton Modus Operandi…                                  

Top Settlements

Just in time for Christmas—five years on. A jury in El Paso has awarded a $132 million settlement to the victims of a bus crash that killed two people and critically injured several Continue reading “Week Adjourned: 12.10.10”