The Minneapolis Hilton is facing a third lawsuit this week for harassment and retaliation. Stay clear of this place if you want to keep your dignity.
Former Minneapolis Hilton bartender Harley Gayle, 41, of Columbia Heights is suing Hilton Hotels after he ended a relationship with manager Kim Thompson. Gayle says he was retaliated against and eventually had to resign due to the work conditions.
Thompson is also involved in the other lawsuits we reported earlier. The plaintiffs say she knew about the employee orgy and did not address it. We reported the lawsuit yesterday from a woman who was retaliated against when she complained about witnessing an alleged orgy with senior employees in one of the banquet halls. One of the participants also sued.
Gayle sued for one count of sex discrimination/harassment and one count of retaliation. He is asking for $50,000 per count.
From the lawsuit (PDF):
Gayle retreated from a "relationship" with Manager Kim Thompson after she told a coworker she bought him a vibrator. After Plaintiff Gayle ended the "relationship," Manager Thompson commenced a campaign of harassment and retaliation.
Specifically, Manager Thompson stated that Plaintiff Gayle makes her sick, badmouthed his wife to employees, set him up for disciplinary action, repeatedly and falsely accused him of stealing Hilton property and the property of guests, told him to get rid of his women friends, attempted to harass him into an outburst, disparaged him to coworkers and management, and sabotaged his work.
In addition, Plaintiff Gayle was retaliated against because of his whistle blowing actions reporting illegal credit card activity by an employee at the hotel. After his repeated complaints to Human Resources and other management were not properly addressed (including witnesses being told to lie) and after the campaign of retaliation, Plaintiff Gayle was forced to resign.
Plaintiff objected to the sexual harassment and other misconduct and made complaints. No prompt remedial action was taken and retaliation ensued. Defendant's conduct was egregious, oppressive, and characterized by recklessness or malice or wantonness.