Former employee accuses Holiday Inn of discrimination

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 15, 2017

FRESNO — A Fresno County woman is suing Holiday Inn, alleging age discrimination, racial discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.

May Lee, who is of Homg descent, filed a complaint Oct. 24 in Fresno County Superior Court against Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Pinnacle Hospitality and Development Inc. and Does 1-100, alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

According to the complaint, Lee, who is older than 40 had worked for the defendants for four years. On April 11, 2016, the suit says, Lee was wrongfully terminated, causing her to suffer and continue to suffer severe and permanent emotional and mental distress and anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, fright, shock, pain, discomfort and anxiety. She blames the defendants' retaliatory conduct and unlawful termination of Lee on the basis of her Asian/Hmong race, age and for complaining about harassment discrimination and retaliation. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to promote Lee but instead promoting less-qualified individuals, and failed to investigate, prevent or remedy her complaints of religious harassment, retaliation and discrimination.

Lee seeks trial by jury, general, punitive and exemplary damages for medical and other expenses, attorney fees, costs of suit, interest, and all further relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorney Meghan E. George of Todd M. Friedman in Woodland Hills.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 17-CECG-03642

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