N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and
the state’s Division of Civil Rights announced Feb. 10 the filing of a
complaint against a Hilton Homewood Suites hotel for allegations of
discriminating against female employees.
“The allegations in this case are troubling, and suggest that
the ownership and management of this hotel are caught in a time warp,” Porrino said. “Employers have a duty under the law
to treat male and female workers equally, and that most assuredly includes
hourly wages. Here in the 21st century, the notion of any employer – let alone
one that is part of a national hotel chain – paying women less than men for the
identical work is appalling, and cannot be allowed to stand.”
to the state’s allegations, the hotel paid a female worker less per hour than
her male colleagues. Additionally, the hotel purportedly fired her after she
voiced her concerns about the disparate pay. New Jersey alleges one count of
gender discrimination and two counts of unlawfully terminating an employee
engaged in a protected activity.
“In New Jersey, an employee cannot be fired for complaining
in good faith that she is being discriminated against based on gender. Nor can
an employee be fired for asking other employees about their salaries or
benefits if the purpose is to explore the possibility that compensation
discrimination is taking place,” said division director Craig T.