Monday, March 15, 2010

Starwood Learns a Hidden Camera is Worth $3 Million
A baker for the Westin Times Square Hotel was awarded $3 million when a federal court ruled that Starwood Hotels & Resorts was guilty of unlawful retaliation when it installed a spy camera at his workstation. Instead of taking Moises Mendez’s complaints of ethnic slurs and threats seriously and dealing with them by education or sensitivity training, management at the Westin decided on a hidden camera placed at his workstation without Mendez’ knowledge, proving the company was more interested in monitoring a complaining employee rather than outing nasty coworkers.

The Ecuadorian immigrant says derogatory comments, sabotage and threats had been simmering since he started working at the Westin in 2003. Documents show that Mendez repeatedly begged the Westin’s human resources department for help, saying his health was suffering.


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