Hotel settles suit with unfairly fired illegal aliens

January 07, 2000
A Holiday Inn Express hotel has agreed to pay $72,000 to nine illegal immigrants from Mexico who were fired as housekeepers in alleged retaliation for leading a successful union organizing drive.
     The settlement was reached yesterday between Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board.
     Jaye Rykunyk, secretary-treasurer and principal officer of Local 17 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees, said the agreement was groundbreaking.
     ``The EEOC has taken the position that undocumented workers are entitled to compensation for discrimination. It's a nationwide precedent for the EEOC,'' Rykunyk said.
     Previously, the EEOC said it had limited authority to help workers who were in the United States illegally.