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Omni Hotels Gets HR Staffer’s Systemic Bias Suit Tossed, for Now

Jan. 19, 2021, 6:36 PM

Omni Hotels and owner TRT Holdings won a bid to dismiss a human resources analyst’s claim that he was fired for uncovering and complaining about systemic gender and race bias in the hotelier’s hiring, pay, and promotion practices.

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Jan. 15 that the plaintiff hadn’t sufficiently alleged he engaged in a protected activity.

Marquis Hawkins noticed that a majority of Omni managers were White males during a review of Omni’s employment and pay data, and he reported this “observation” to his supervisor.

Hawkins’ claims that he...

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