Thursday, April 22, 2010

British Family 'Ban Haitian Waiter From Serving Them at Ritz-Carlton Hotel,FL’


The five-star Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel in Naples, Florida

A British family are at the center of an astonishing lawsuit for refusing to be served by a black hotel waiter.

They allegedly told bosses that they didn't want to be served by "people of color" or any with foreign accents.

Their racist request was logged on the computer at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida, with a note saying they were "very, very prejudiced".

Nine staff members have said they knew of the demand.

The waiter, Haitian-born Wadner Tranchant, 40, says he was stopped from serving them and is now suing the hotel for breaching America's Civil Rights Act, demanding "punitive damages".

The waiter's lawyers named the head of the family, who booked in on February 28, as a man called Rodney Morgan.

They claimed: "My client was prevented from waiting on this couple because he was black."

Mr Tranchant said he was due to serve the family at the beachfront hotel on March 12.

But he was switched to other duties, leaving him "humiliated and embarrassed". The hotel had no comment.


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