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Employee sues five-star Hotel Plaza Athénée over firing

Woman alleges she was dismissed due to age, religion

March 03, 2016 11:06AM


Hotel Plaza Athénée at 37 East 64th Street

A hotel employee claims in lawsuit that she was fired due to her age and religion from five-star Hotel Plaza Athénée on the Upper East Side.

Azza Hamid Amer worked as the sole assistant reservations manager at the upscale hotel at 37 East 64th Street from 2003 to 2015, according to the lawsuit. She claims in the suit she maintained a “high standard of excellence.”

In August last year, new management took over the high-end hotel, and “engaged in systematic age discrimination and discrimination based on religion against its employees over 40 years of age and its Muslim employees,” the lawsuit alleges, according to the New York Daily News.

Amir, who is Muslim, was 55 when she was fired in December, the Daily News reported. She claims two other Muslim woman, in their 50s and 60s, were also dismissed from their jobs, according to court documents filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

A “classic king” room at the hotel can go for as much as $549, according to its website.

Amir is seeking damages and for the hotel to reform its age and religion policies, the suit says.

A hotel spokesperson declined to comment to the Daily News.

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