Illinois hotel settles race bias suit

May 30, 1998
A Holiday Inn in this Chicago suburb agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the hotel of discriminating against black job applicants and guests. The settlement, announced Friday, will be shared by about 1,000 black people who were turned down for jobs from 1990 to 1995.
     Federal investigators said the motel coded job applications from black people with the number 8, after the black eight-ball in pool. Desk clerks also were told to place blacks in first floor rooms so police ``would be able to get them out quickly if they came to arrest them,'' said Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawyer Gregory Gochanour.