In March 2020, the famed Chateau Marmont fired virtually its entire workforce. Workers who dedicated decades of their lives to the hotel were left without job security or affordable healthcare in the middle of the pandemic. Many of the Chateau Marmont’s workers have since spoken out about abuses they experienced working at the hotel, including disrespect, mistreatment, and a racially stratified workplace. The Chateau Marmont’s workers also successfully organized to win a path-breaking city law to ensure that hospitality workers can to return to their jobs as the crisis subsides.
Now the Chateau Marmont’s workers are asking for your support.
By Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, January 28, 2021
By Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, September 16, 2020
By Mara Siegler, Page Six, October 12, 2020
By Catalina Villegas, Spectrum News, March 30, 2020
By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2020
“The Chateau Marmont said we were a family, but firing and leaving us without healthcare in the middle of a pandemic is not how you treat family. My wife and baby depend on this job for healthcare.”
— Walter Almendarez, a bellman at the Chateau Marmont for 23 years
“I gave my entire life to the Chateau Marmont and they left me with no healthcare. I am diabetic and don’t know what I am going to do.”
— Martha Moran who worked as a housekeeper servicing the high-end clientele at the Chateau for 33 years.
“After devoting 40 years of my life to the Chateau Marmont they fired me leaving younger and less experienced workers in my place”
— Carlos Barrera, Garage Attendant, 40 years