Hawaii hotel workers file class action lawsuit against Diamond Resorts for wage theft

Hawaii hotel workers file class action lawsuit against Diamond Resorts for wage theft

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Workers at three Hawaii hotels filed a class action lawsuit contrary to the hotels’ {owner and operator Diamond Resorts, alleging wage theft. The class action lawsuit covers past and current employees of {THE PRESENT DAY} Honolulu, Kaanapali Beach Club, {and {THE IDEA} at Poipu.|and {The real} point at Poipu.} {At the very least} 325 employees from the three hotels are {included in} this lawsuit. {UNITE HERE Local 5 represents hotel workers at {THE PRESENT DAY} and Ka’|UNITE HERE Local 5 represents hotel workers at The Ka&rsquo and Modern;}anapali Beach Club.

The lawsuit alleges that employees at these three hotels {didn’t} receive paychecks {regularly}, {that is a} violation of state laws. This {led to} workers not {having the ability to} pay bills {promptly} and incurring overdraft fees. {Based on the|In line with the} lawsuit, {Diamond Resorts should pay the affected employees their late-paid and unpaid earned wages plus double interest and damages.}

Yesterday, {because the} lawsuit {had been} filed in state court, Diamond Resorts announced to the Union that {it could} immediately lay off {the complete} banquets department at {THE PRESENT DAY} Honolulu, totaling 28 workers, {including named banquet and plaintiff captain Dominique Spurling.}

“First, Diamond Resorts {didn’t} pay us {promptly}, {which explains why} we filed this lawsuit. {{They} respond by laying off my entire department.|They respond by laying off my entire department then.} {That is} unacceptable and {an enormous} injustice, {not merely} for myself and my coworkers but our whole community. {In accordance with} Diamond Resorts’ numbers, {they’ll be} saving $2.{per year by doing a mass lay off 3 million.} Diamond Resorts is {harmful to} Hawaii. {That is} money {that has been} {likely to} local families, {but Diamond Resorts {is currently} snatching it away and taking it off island,|but Diamond Resorts is snatching it away and taking it off island now,}” says Spurling.

In May, {THE PRESENT DAY} notified 78 workers—nearly 30% of the workers at the hotel—{{that they can} be {let go}.|{they} shall be {let go}.} Local 5 filed federal charges {contrary to the} Modern because Diamond {didn’t} negotiate the layoffs with the Union. In {reaction to} the charges, Diamond Resorts rescinded the layoffs and the federal charges were dropped on {the problem} that {the business} bargains in good faith with Local 5. However, {{once the} lawsuit was filed yesterday,|yesterday {once the} lawsuit was filed,} Diamond Resorts immediately implemented the banquet department layoffs {and contains} said {it’ll} refuse further meetings with the Union and workers.

“Why won’t Diamond {talk with} us?” Spurling wondered, ”Steve Bell [Executive VP of {RECRUITING} for Diamond Resorts] {must} face the workers and take us seriously. {We have been} being {influenced by} Diamond’s {need to} profit at {the trouble} of workers like me, our families, and our communities.”

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The collective bargaining agreement between Local 5 and {THE PRESENT DAY} expired in December 2018,|in December 2018


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The collective bargaining agreement between Local 5 and {THE PRESENT DAY} expired,} {and the Union and Hotel {come in} {the center of} negotiating {a fresh} agreement.|and the Hotel and Union {come in} {the center of} negotiating {a fresh} agreement.} {Diamond Resorts purchased {THE PRESENT DAY} in April 2018.|In April 2018 diamond Resorts purchased {THE PRESENT DAY}.} {Yesterday the collective bargaining agreement between Local 5 and Kaanapali Beach Club expired.}

This {may be the} latest in a string of negative issues impacting Diamond Resorts. Diamond Resorts has been accused of unethical high-pressure sales tactics {for a long time}, including preying on {older people}, {{which includes} resulted in {numerous|several} lawsuits {contrary to the} company.|{which includes} resulted in {a genuine} {amount of} lawsuits {contrary to the} company.} In 2016, {hawaii} of Arizona investigated Diamond Resorts for violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act after receiving {a huge selection of} consumer complaints against Diamond Resorts.

The Modern {is really a} full-service hotel, {but Diamond Resorts has expressed {fascination with} partially or fully converting {the house} {right into a} timeshare.|but Diamond Resorts has expressed {fascination with} or fully converting {the house} {right into a} timeshare partially.} {They also {anticipate} cutting guest services like daily room service,|They {anticipate} cutting guest services like daily room service also,} meetings, and catering. The immediate layoff of {the complete} banquet department means banquets services are {no more} available at {THE PRESENT DAY}. However, {they will have} not received timeshare registration approval from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs or the permits {had a need to} build or renovate {resort rooms} into timeshares, {{so it’s} unclear why layoffs {are essential} {at this time|at this stage}.|{so it’s} unclear why layoffs {are essential} {as of this} true point.}

Local 5 has been saying {for several years|for quite some time} that timeshares have {a poor} {effect on} workers, guests, {and the continuing state.} Timeshares pay {significantly less than} hotels for {more challenging} work, {plus they} provide less jobs. {They affect the guests&rsquo negatively;} experience in Hawaii by charging exorbitant maintenance fees while cutting guest services like daily room cleaning.

Local 5 is continuing {to check} into its legal options. Workers at {THE PRESENT DAY} {have already been} organizing weekly rallies and actions at the hotel {and so are} calling on {the city} {to aid} their campaign {to safeguard} good jobs and make one job enough {to call home} in Hawaii.

Author: George Taylor

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