SAN DIEGO, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Silldorf & Levine, LLP has filed a Complaint against Hilton Worldwide, Inc. ("Hilton") in the Superior Court of San Diego County for unlawful employment practices. The plaintiff in this matter, Brian Marcus, was employed by Hilton as the Director of Food & Beverages at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel ("Bayfront") in San Diego. The Complaint contains facts related to nonpayment of wages, harassment, and sexual favoritism.
Mr. Marcus alleges that he was subjected to harassment and then terminated so that Hilton could avoid having to pay him a bonus that he had already earned. Both of these actions are in violation of California law. Under Mr. Marcus's direction, the Food & Beverage division at the Bayfront delivered Hilton the third highest profitability both in percentage and dollars of any of the North American hotels over 1,000 rooms. Mr. Marcus's leadership with respect to creativity, corporate and high profile events and food & beverage innovation was recognized not only at the property level, but throughout Hilton's Corporate Food & Beverage team.
Just over a month before the end of 2009, Hilton terminated Mr. Marcus's employment and refused to pay him any portion of his bonus for 2009 which he had earned under Hilton's bonus program. The Complaint alleges that Mr. Marcus's termination was part of a plan by his supervisor to eliminate him from the hotel so that the supervisor could continue to take additional control without intervention. Hilton created the system by which this supervisor was able to manipulate others for her financial gain and the financial detriment of people like Mr. Marcus.
In addition, Hilton subjected Mr. Marcus to a hostile, abusive and intimidating work environment in which sexually inappropriate behavior permeated the workplace. Silldorf & Levine partner Scott Levine, explains, "We believe that Hilton retaliated against Mr. Marcus by terminating his employment with Hilton because he refused to engage in the inappropriate conduct that he had witnessed." Mr. Marcus is seeking lost pay and benefits and damages associated with mental suffering.
Mr. Levine provides legal services to consumers and small businesses that would be silenced without an advocate. Currently, Mr. Levine serves as the President of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. He is well versed in both employment and business litigation and recently obtained a large settlement in a wage and hour class action lawsuit against a Fortune 20 corporation.
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Silldorf & Levine, LLP (www.silldorf-levine.com) is a mid-sized boutique civil litigation firm headquartered in San Diego, California. The attorneys at Silldorf & Levine, LLP have combined legal experience of more than 50 years. During that time, Silldorf & Levine, LLP has successfully represented consumers, individuals, groups of individuals, business owners, entrepreneurs, businesses, homeowners and community associations in a variety of legal matters. The firm concentrates its practice on complex civil litigation including construction defect litigation, employment litigation, business litigation, and community association law. Silldorf & Levine, LLP has a proven track record of success in which the firm has recovered more than $150 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
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