Hilton Hotel Under Fire for Racist Mural
Deandra Pittman, a massage therapist at The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans, has filed a lawsuit against the Waldorf Astoria hotel over a discriminatory painting that hangs in the hotel lobby. “[The mural] creates a hostile work environment and subjects [me] to feeling demeaned and looked down upon,” says Pittman.
The 73-year-old painting depicts African-Americans slaves picking cotton, tilling the fields and drinking alcohol. Employees of color at the Roosevelt Hotel, which is owned by Hilton Worldwide, have complained repeatedly about the mural, but management has refused to remove the painting or take it out of spectator’s sight.
Al Thompson, Jr, the attorney representing Pittman in her suit against the hotel says, “the hotel should appreciate the sensitivities of their employees and their guests.”