Feds sue Nevada hotel for harassing Hispanics

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 7:51 PM
Feds sue Nevada hotel for harassing Hispanics

The federal government is suing a Nevada hotel for allegedly allowing its Hispanic employees to be called derogatory names such as "taco bell" and "bean burrito."

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Friday that it had filed a lawsuit against the Pioneer Hotel in Laughlin, Nev., for ignoring the alleged harassment.

Federal officials say hotel managers were first told in 2006 that several Hispanic room attendants had been subject to the comments referencing their ethnicity and skin color. The comments came from coworkers and supervisors. Some of the comments were profane.

The hotel allegedly didn't take action to prevent or correct the harassment in violation of the federal Civil Rights Act.

Federal officials say some Nevada casinos seem to be retaliating against employees who complain about hostile work environments.