The Texas hotel industry is suing the state’s largest hotel chain for allegedly firing a worker who filed a lawsuit alleging a mistreatment by her employer, alleging she was fired for having a job application that contained language that included the word “I” and “I am.”
Celina Rios was fired after her employment application, “I Am,” contained a statement that included an “I,” the lawsuit said.
Celinas lawsuit said she was “fired for being a member of the Hispanic community,” the complaint said.
“I am Hispanic.
My ethnicity is Mexican,” she wrote in an application for a job at the Aztec Towers, according to the complaint.
Cels suit also said she had been fired after she reported an abusive relationship with her boss, according in the complaint that she was given the option to leave or go to a “safe space” and was fired when she declined.CELS lawsuit said that the Aztecs manager, who was identified in the lawsuit as Richard S., told her he was afraid she would “become the next person to be terminated.”
Rios’ attorney, Richard DeMent, said his client was not fired for speaking up.
DeMent said he has heard similar stories from others who filed similar complaints with the hotel company.
He said that in one case, his client told her manager she would be terminated for “doing the right thing.”
In another case, DeMet said, Rios’ manager told her that her employer “has never fired a Hispanic person.”
DeMet told The Associated Press that the case is the latest in a long line of lawsuits involving hotels in Texas.
He said hotel management is now being sued in several other states.