A former sales executive for Marriott Vacations Worldwide alleges in a lawsuit that he was asked to dance during meetings as entertainment for other employees and that a photo of the character Buckwheat was used to represent him during a team building exercise.
Daryl Robinson is suing for unlawful race discrimination, unlawful race harassment, failure to prevent race discrimination and harassment and retaliation for opposing forbidden practices. Robinson began working in February 2017 as a sales executive with Marriott selling time shares to vacation properties. He says he was the only African-American employee in the office.
In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Robinson alleges that he was asked on multiple occasions to dance by a director of sales during sales meetings, usually to music by Michael Jackson. On another occasion, the director of sales complimented most of the staff by saying “we have a good looking crew” or related comments, according to the lawsuit. The director of sales then looked at Robinson and allegedly said, “Daryl looks ready to breakdance.”
Robinson said his coworkers laughed at the remark and he was “completely humiliated, dejected and felt completely defeated.” At another meeting, when Robinson did not submit a baby photo of himself to use for a team building exercise centered around how well employees knew one another, a colleague displayed a photo of “Little Rascals” character Buckwheat and asked the team: “Who do you guys think this is?” Robinson says he had already informed his colleague who was collecting the photos that he did not have one to submit and that as the only African-American in the office, his photo would be easy to identify.
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