Motel 6 will offer $7.6 million to settle a lawsuit brought against it by eight Hispanic guests who claim that the chain shared guests’ details with immigration authorities. The company will compensate claimants for legal fees and is forbidden from sharing further data with immigration authorities.
Reuters reports that Motel 6 is to offer $7.6 million in compensation to settle a suit brought against it by eight Hispanic customers who claimed that the chain supplied guest lists and details to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE).
The class action suit was brought forward on behalf of these plaintiffs – who say that the company violated their privacy by providing these details – by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
According to the news agency, MALDEF, in turn, “filed the lawsuit after the Phoenix New Times said ICE agents had arrested 20 people over six months at Motel 6s in Arizona, using guest lists to target people by national origin.”
As for the breakdown of compensation, the agency states that, “Up to $5.6 million will go to Motel 6 guests who faced immigration removal proceedings after their personal information was shared … Another $1 million was set aside for guests who were questioned or interrogated by immigration authorities … The remaining $1 million will go to guests whose information was turned over to immigration authorities from Feb. 1, 2017 to Nov. 2, 2018.”
As part of the settlement, the chain will also pay out just over $1 million in legal fees and will be forbidden from sharing data on guests with immigration authorities for two years.
Offering their comments in a shared statement, MALDEF and Motel 6 were quoted as saying that, “Motel 6 fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and accepts full responsibility for both compensating those who were harmed and taking the necessary steps to ensure that we protect the privacy of our guests.”