Hampton Inn In Craig Denies Discrimination Claims

DENVER (AP) – The owners of a western Colorado hotel are disputing allegations in a federal lawsuit that accuses them of firing workers because the employers believed white and non-Hispanic workers were lazy.

The owners of a Hampton Inn franchise in Craig said in a statement Tuesday that the “truth will come out” during legal proceedings. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the owners on behalf of employees in the laundry and housekeeping departments who claim they were fired and replaced with Latino workers because the hotel owners thought “Hispanics worked harder.”

The Hampton Inn franchise is operated by Century Shree Corp. and Century Rama Inc., two Wyoming corporations.

Federal officials are seeking back pay for the fired employees and for them to be reinstated at the hotel.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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