August 17, 2012 · 0 Comments
August 17, 2012, Santa Monica, CA --- (www.hospitalitybusinessnews.com) The owner of Hotel Shangri-‐La plans to appeal the verdict involving a lawsuit related to an event held at the property in July 2010.
The case, filed by 19 plaintiffs, is based on a civil lawsuit involving supporters of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who were not hotel guests and used the property without a written contract. In addition, owner, Tehmina Adaya, emphatically denies making discriminatory remarks during the event based on false statements from a former disgruntled employee who could not be found to testify in court.
“I’m a longtime senior executive who’s Jewish, as are several of my senior colleagues, and work closely with Ms. Adaya. She always has treated me and our multicultural staff with the greatest respect,” said Ellen Adelman, business development officer.
“I wasn’t allowed to testify despite the fact my name was on the witness list. We’re very disappointed with the jury’s decision and firmly maintain Ms. Adaya’s innocence. This is a miscarriage of justice.”
The hotel prides itself on its multicultural staff – representing more than a dozen countries – and its many international guests who visited from 21 countries this summer. In addition, Ms. Adaya is a longtime board member of the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, which welcomes visitors from all over the world.
Opened in 1939, the 70-‐room oceanfront Hotel Shangri-‐La is known for its superior hospitality and has been a destination for international guests throughout its long history.