PRESS ADVISORY 03/23/2022 | PRESS CONTACT: Maria Hernandez | 623-340-8047
Hotel Faces Growing Boycott, Race Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Who: Prominent Black leaders, UNITE HERE Local 11, workers and community allies
What: Action and picket line
When: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Where: Outside Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Visuals: Giant balloon arch, names of prominent Black Hollywood creatives boycotting the Chateau Marmont
Los Angeles: A protest is expected to take place on Oscars Night to inform the public of the ongoing labor dispute at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. Despite the highly publicized boycott of Chateau Marmont, Jay-Z is planning to host the Gold Party at Bar Marmont on Oscar Night, according to sources at Variety Magazine.
UNITE HERE Local 11 is asking Jay-Z to honor the boycott by choosing another venue for the famed after-party, which Jay-Z hosted jointly with Beyoncé in the past but will host alone this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Union representatives will appeal directly to the couple, known for their commitment to uplifting Black voices in the entertainment industry, prior to Sunday’s action.
The Chateau Marmont has been embroiled in controversy amid worker protests, two lawsuits by Black women former workers alleging harassment and discrimination, and a growing boycott backed by prominent Hollywood figures and thought leaders including Gabrielle Union, Spike Lee, Issa Rae, Samira Wiley, Robin Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, Ashley Nicole Black, and the productions Being the Ricardos and The Offer. The boycott has also been backed by Hollywood unions like Writers Guild of America – West, as well as by civil rights organizations like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) of Southern California.
Former events server Thomasina Gross, who served Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s guests at their past Oscars after-parties, filed a lawsuit against the hotel in January 2021 alleging that she experienced race discrimination and sexual harassment while working other events at the hotel.
Former night auditor April Blackwell filed a second lawsuit against the hotel in April 2021, alleging that she experienced a racially hostile work environment and other unsafe working conditions at the Chateau. Her lawsuit alleges that, as the only front desk agent working overnight in the Chateau’s drug and alcohol-fueled “anything goes” environment, she was subjected to racial harassment by guests while on the job.
The boycott calls for Chateau Marmont to demonstrate a commitment to respecting its workers’ years of service by rehiring them in accordance with their legal rights and to ensuring that all workers–regardless of their race, sex, or background–feel treated with dignity and respect.
UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing over 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona who work in hotels, restaurants, universities, convention centers, and airports.