November 30th, 2011
07:34 PM ET

Hotel cites national security defense in discrimination suit

(CNN)–The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC barred a Muslim employee from serving an Israeli delegation, claiming it had no choice but to comply with a national security mandate from the U.S. government. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

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  1. US Citizen

    this story shows well how the "Isrealis" are the most bigoted and racist people in this country. and they have this idiot white house admin supporting them at any time most probably to insure the desired "funding" of their political games.
    the Madarin should be ashamed of themselves for complying with the WH cowards. thier management is simply disgusting.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • US Citizen

      sorry for the typos. I thought is was required based on the article's precedence.

      December 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Boris Mironov

    Thank you very much Barbara Starr and CNN Situation room for this report. I have been in this hotel for 7 plus years in Housekeeping Department houseman and guest room runner. and happen to know for last two years , a lot of things about how hotel serving guest too, and so lot of colleagues come to me for advice ,but Elizabeth Vita-Finzi do not like it . I am only one, who worked on 12.10 .10. p.m. shift. .MOWAS try to changed stories every time., 12.15.10.it was article in Washington Post. Hotel managers kept telling me that i have to be very careful ,The name of an "worker.who came to the United States from Africa more than two decades ago "was in the news article which they assumed to be me.. Hotel managers harassed me,wrote groundless disciplinary actions against me accused me of discrimination,and neglected to pay me than gratuities that were owed to me Hotel manager keeps some of the gratuities for its own benefits and they not paid for all Department before tape came up Thanks Ms Elham.Iskandar...As a culmination of these events hotel fired me on 07.13.11,because Mr. Arafi filed a complaint against the hotel for discriminating against him on the basis of his religion and national origin..Thanks for great management team . and Ms. AMANDA Hyndman, who keeps me without unemployment compensation 5 plus month ...Does this hotel have any such policy?.. I was only one with clean back round for last 7 years, who served all VIPs guest .Even Ms. Elham she was out from Israelis 'stay at hotel. at 12.10.10. This is case not about Muslims......There are more incidents and details /as well as video/ that i can provide

    December 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  3. Jim P.

    Hotel sites national security defense in discrimination suit

    Which hotel sites? Do you perhaps mean "cites"? Shame on CNN.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:47 am |
  4. HotAirAce

    I believe this is illegal discriminatin, pure and simple, but if it is true that the company was told by the US government to discriminate then at least they will have a defense. That being said, I don't think the goverment has a legal leg to stand on. And of course, this will all become much more "interesting" when a jew or a christian is discriminated against because someone else won't have them serving them.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  5. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed.

    Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere..................................

    November 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  6. JerusalemBelongsToIslam

    We ISLAM AMERICANS *The Brotherhood*


    – ALQIDH TALIBAN WAHHABI that *using* ISLAM NAME to *honor-killing of (converted from Islam) *bomb mosque*
    *persecute* their own MUSLIM BROTHER

    and )kill*ATHEIST and (persecute*NON MUSLIMS.

    ISLAM NAME being used by TERRORIST.

    THE REAL ENEMY of ISLAM is TERRORIST that used ISLAM as killing justification wtc 9/11.


    period. (just learn how to brainwash texting) – Islam sympathizer

    November 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Green Furhammer


      what does that even mean?

      November 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  7. Muslimisthemostpeacefulreligion

    There is two muslims, the one that "radicals" and the one that "moderate".
    Moderate Muslim such as Indonesia, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Turks, and Pakistan.
    Radicals such as Palestine, Syria, Iran, Afghan,West Indonesia and North East Pakistan.
    Go find Muslim, ask them personally to clean this thing and they will probably say to you "we know this but we unsure what Koran said to us because we don't understand the Arabic translation at all, we relying on our imam (priest) on mosque. So when radical imam told us to kill, we will but when moderate imam told us to love, we will. We only pawn on submitting to Allah will whatever its good or bad for the world, if Allah said its good the it'll good for us but the problem we didn't know what Allah want us to do except through them (imam/priest), we only a pawn in submitting faith to Allah"

    Christians, on medieval age, had been on this way too, because what? because they didn't know the real bible because firstly they only listened to their priest on Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. This blind method can usually used (plotted) by the enemy to create division (know on network security as middle man- eves drove). But after all know the real message of Jesus Christ, they know that whatever it translate or said, the message only one, it is love, peace, and care.

    Islam is the same, soon Muslims will realize the real message of Islam. Some radicals said that all peace will come when all the world is become Islam but look at middle eastern, the Iran, is there a one piece of peace there?

    Confucius once said, "one can't govern the whole country if he can't govern his own house."

    November 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • Green Furhammer

      i've read the koran and it tells you that it's ok to beat your wife.

      November 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  8. Green Furhammer

    how about an article that shows us all that sign leading to mecca? only muslems allowed. talk about religious discrimination! so what, one guy doesn't get to serve a few other guys.

    the only good things to come out of the middle east are hookahs and hummus.

    November 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Nonimus

      What sign... oh the one in SAUDI ARABIA. What the hell's that got to do with a hotel in the US?

      December 1, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • Tom

      So does the Bible.

      December 2, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Amir

      Posted on Nonetheless, others have looflwed this narrative for far longer. Take a look at Frankenstein by Mary Shelly in 1817. I chose this piece because its kind of the anti-Pixar narrative but conveys a similar sentiment in that sentient beings have a personhood. If I were much more literate I could list works so long as my arm. In my brain Im trying to cross reference Ratatouille with Literature, and I maintain coming up with that part in George Orwells 1984 exactly where the rat almost gnaws his face off.

      March 4, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  9. Colin

    That's a pretty big one – "sites" v. "cites". It suggests a pretty fundamental lack of command of the English language by the author and editor – on CNN no less.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Mandarin

    Where is the discrimination if he worked for all the hours during his shift and got paid in full? Why would it matter as an employee whether you served customer X or customer Y.

    In the hospitality industry ofcourse the customer's preferences are to be honored, that is the nature of that industry.

    November 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Not sure but it sounds like the US government requested this, not the customer.

      December 1, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • ozzie

      Nonimus listen to the sound bite, the lady-probably the team defending this guy says it is a discrimination to disallow an employee to service a specific customer.

      December 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Mildred the Mouth

    The editors are all on vacation this week.

    November 30, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  12. *frank*

    "Read the full story from CNN's Security *Clearence "

    November 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  13. TheRationale

    This just in, NASA reports that it can see this glaring typo from outer space.

    November 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Ray

      LOL ^ this

      December 1, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • Nonimus


      December 1, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  14. *frank*


    November 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
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