Lawsuit: Hotel Obliged Guest's Requests For Whites-Only Service

Are you a racist looking for a luxury hotel in Florida? Then the Ritz Carlton in Naples might just be the place for you. A lawsuit filed this week claims that when guests of the hotel asked to not be served by “people of color” or with “foreign accents,” the management agreed to their demands.

The suit, filed by a Haitian-born waiter at the Ritz Carlton, alleges that a British couple who were staying at the hotel made such a request with regard to the staff attending to them.

According to the plaintiff, the request was noted in the hotel computer, adding that the couple is “very very” prejudiced. The request for whites-only service was then relayed to other members of staff, including the plaintiff who says in the suit that on March 12 he was attempting to do his job when “he was prevented by his immediate supervisors from doing so… because they [the guests] did not want to be waited on by a black person per the instruction of [the hotel’s director].”

Not shockingly, the hotel wouldn’t talk to the press about the lawsuit but did say, “The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company does not tolerate discrimination from our employees or our guests.”

Here’s a PDF of the lawsuit

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