Housekeeper claims Hyatt fired her for making racist remarks

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Nov. 7, 2013, 10:24am

HOUSTON - Complaining that Hyatt Corp. fired her for racial comments she insists she did not make, Harris County resident Dinora Chacon has pursued legal action.

Chacon sued her former employer on claims she is the victim of discrimination in Harris County District Court last month.

The litigation was removed to the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on Nov. 6.

Hyatt hired the plaintiff, who is Hispanic, as an executive housekeeper at its hotel in The Woodlands in late November 2009.

Last year, the suit states, Chacon heard the defendant's executive chef make derogatory remarks about its Hispanic housekeeping staff.

She fielded a complaint only to find herself the target of an accusation she said disparaging things about blacks, court documents say.

Chacon denied the charge, but was terminated on Aug. 3, 2012.

According to the suit, Hyatt forged the claimant's signature on a resignation letter and replaced her with a Caucasian male who was unqualified and inexperienced in the housekeeping department.

It asserts Hyatt's basis for termination is "false and retaliatory."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Sidd Rao of Shellist Lazarz Slobin LLP in Houston is representing Chacon.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3263

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