Motel 6 will pay $ 7.6 million for a class action lawsuit after its employees leaked information to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a Latino civil rights organization announced.
The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), one of the plaintiff groups, said the hotel chain will compensate people who were questioned in their facilities by immigration agents and then deported.
MALDEF filed the lawsuit before the Federal Court in Phoenix in January of this year on behalf of eight people affected in 2017 at two of the Phoenix facilities.
That same month, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Washington filed another lawsuit against the company for the same reasons.
Motel 6 shared lists of those staying with ICE officers, which led to the arrest of at least 20 undocumented guests.
MALDEF argued that by collaborating with ICE, employees of the US chain discriminated against Latino guests, so the hotel chain violated the Fourth Amendment's right to remain free from unreasonable searches, as well as the laws of privacy and consumer protection. of Arizona.
He noted that although it is not yet clear how many people can be eligible to receive compensation, they could be numerous.
"Motel 6 fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and accepts full responsibility to compensate those who suffered damages and take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of our guests' privacy," said G6 Hospitality and MALDEF to the Phoenix New Times. .
Each person who stayed at a Motel 6 between February 1, 2017 and November 2, 2018, whose information was given to the Immigration authorities, will receive compensation.
The two parties proposed that the remaining funds be distributed to organizations such as the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, based in Arizona.
Also to the Immigrant Rights Project of Northwest Washington; National Justice Center for Immigrants, and TheDream.US, which grants university scholarships for undocumented youth.
Both parties are waiting for the terms of the agreement to be approved by United States District Judge David G. Campbell.