The DoubleTree by hilton Portland said they terminated two employees who are involved in an incident.
A Portland, Oregon, hotel last Saturday announced that the two fired employees, who are “involved in the mistreatment of a black man who was told to leave the establishment this past weekend.
Jermaine Massey, 34, of Kent, Washington, was staying at the DoubleTree Hotel in the city after seeing a Travis Scott concert, The Oregonian reported. He went to the lobby to return a phone call from his mother, who appeared urgent.
While in the lobby, a security guard told Massey that if he could not provide a number of rooms, then he would be asked to leave. He posted a video on social media that went viral showing a part of his interaction with the guard. Massey accused the hotel of racially profiling him.
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Massey to the left of the hotel and have the rest of the night in the Sheraton. Portland Police confirmed in a statement that the officers went to the hotel.
DoubleTree by hilton Portland tweeted Saturday that the two employees involved in the incident were terminated. On Friday, the hotel said that the employees were placed on leave pending an investigation and apologized to Massey for the way he was treated.
“We have terminated the employment of the two men involved in the abuse of the Lord Massey,” the tweet read. “Their actions were not consistent with our standards and values. We once again our sincere apologies for what he has endured and will, together with him, diversity experts to ensure that this never happens again.”
The incident drew the attention of Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler, who found it “very troubling.”
THE MAN CLAIMS HE WAS RACIALLY PROFILED AFTER THE HOTEL CALLED THE POLICE ON HIM, WHILE HE SPOKE ON THE PHONE IN THE LOBBY
“It is very worrying to hear about Mr. Massey’s experience with discrimination,” the mayor tweeted. “No one should be treated this way, and I hope this serves as a catalyst for the necessary changes that address the systemic nature of the discrimination of all forms.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.