Workers in Missouri and all other states have the right to safe workplaces that are free from harassment. Unfortunately, employees often suffer harassment at the hands of supervisors and co-workers. Fortunately for those employees, help is available from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For example, the EEOC has recently come to the aid of a group of workers who suffered employment harassment at a hotel.

In late September, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against John Q. Hammons Hotels Management, which is headquartered in Springfield, in response to claims of harassment filed by employees at one of the chain’s hotels in a nearby state. The claim includes mention of one specific instance of racial harassment, and it also claims that the hotel’s management did little to attempt to stop the harassment from continuing. It seems that this lack of action is what prompted the EEOC to file the claim.

The hotel group declined to comment on the pending lawsuit. However, a spokesperson did state that the chain provided an environment in which employees were not subjected to discrimination or harassment. She also claimed that policies were in place to ensure adherence to EEOC regulations.

While the outcome of this particular lawsuit has yet to be determined, workers who have suffered employment harassment may find the support the EEOC is showing to these workers to be inspirational. Employees who have had their claims of discrimination or harassment ignored by their managers can seek similar action with the help of experienced counsel. An employment law attorney can offer guidance and support throughout the legal process.

Source:, “Missouri hotel company faces federal suit over allegations employees subjected to racial slurs,” No author, Oct. 6, 2015