Hollywood 2021: Chateau Marmont Hit by Lawsuits of Racial Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct 

Chateau Marmont Hit by Lawsuits of Racial Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct

 

Chateau Marmont Thomasina Gross
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One actor-staffer, who’s drawn support from SAG-AFTRA and the hotel workers’ union, has filed a civil action against the iconic industry hangout: “I don’t like having to leave my dignity at the door.”

This past September, dozens of Chateau Marmont employees broke the hospitality industry’s code of silence. They alleged that the landmark hotel, an industry hangout, is rife with racial discrimination and sexual misconduct, perpetuated by complicit management and ownership.

Now two civil actions, both brought by actor-staffers who lost their jobs when the pandemic devastated the lodging sector, seek to make the case in court.

The first was filed at the federal level in December by Adrian Jules, a Black guest relations employee who began at the West Hollywood hotel in 2017, against Chateau owner André Balazs and his hotel group, which also owns Manhattan’s Mercer.

Jules, who’s suing for employment discrimination, claims his superiors were negligent in their handling of his complaint when he received a series of unsolicited, explicit text messages from an inebriated white female colleague.

He’s said he experienced “constant ghosting” that spanned from his direct supervisor to the managing director to another young staffer who had been given responsibility for human resources issues.