Jean Marie Pierre, who worked at the Miami Conrad, was awarded $21.5 million in damages last week by a federal jury in a lawsuit against Hilton. Hilton was found guilty of scheduling the woman to work on Sundays despite her religious obligations, which ultimately led to her firing. From 2005-2015, she claims that the Conrad honored her religious needs and allowed her to exclude Sundays from her work schedule. In 2015, that policy changed and she missed six Sundays. The hotel terminated her employment in 2016.
Hilton claimed that their property management had no idea why Pierre was missing work on Sundays and that they were unaware of the fact that she is a member of a Catholic missionary group that helps the poor.
Jean Marie isn’t likely to see close to the $21.5M she was awarded in punitive damages due to federal limits on awards and legal fees. NBC reports that she’ll likely walk away with $500K.
Hilton says that they’ll fight the judgement.
We were very disappointed by the jury’s verdict & don’t believe that it is supported by the facts of this case or the law. During Ms. Pierre’s ten years with the hotel, multiple concessions were made to accommodate her personal & religious commitments.’