By Kristina J. Gershkowicz/BloombergA high-profile hotel in Nassau County, Bahamas, has created a national controversy for hosting the nation’s largest and most expensive wedding, in which hundreds of guests gathered to watch the couple’s ceremony.
The ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn in the Caribbean resort of Riviera Maya, and the ceremony took place in a stately mansion known as the Plaza Hotel, owned by the same family that owns the Hilton hotel in New York.
On Monday, a hotel worker filed a complaint alleging that the Hilton employees “unfairly and unreasonably” restricted access to the venue, according to the Bahamas Independent News Agency.
The worker, whose name was not immediately released, filed a report with the hotel management agency after the Hilton employee failed to allow the couple to attend the wedding and then told them he was not allowed to remove them from the venue during the ceremony, according the Associated Press.
“This is a blatant violation of the law, and I feel that this hotel is a victim of the actions of its management team,” the worker told the Associated News.
“I am concerned that my personal and personal property are being used as a backdrop for an event that is supposed to be private.”
The Hilton, which has a total of 7,200 rooms, said in a statement that the workers actions were “unprofessional, inappropriate, and contrary to the Hilton Hotel’s commitment to guest experience and service.”
The workers complaint, which is not expected to be resolved in court, is the latest salvo in a heated debate over the rights of the wealthy and famous in the United States, and how the hospitality industry should accommodate them.
The debate has focused on whether the wealthy should be able to make lavish weddings in their private homes for the most expensive guests and what kind of accommodation they should have to accommodate those guests, and whether they should be allowed to rent the rooms to other guests for their weddings.
On Wednesday, a California-based group called Citizens for Fairness in Accommodation and Business filed a lawsuit against the Hilton, alleging that its management violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to allow guests to be allowed in the hotel during the wedding, which included dancing and music.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, claims that “the company failed to protect the guests’ rights to participate in the wedding event, to remain in the venue and to leave without being restrained.”
It also claims that the hotel “failed to provide reasonable accommodation to its guests” and failed to make sure that guests were allowed to leave during the event, even after being told that it was closed, and that “this conduct violates the FLSA’s requirement that employees must be reasonable about their work assignments and the way they are compensated.”
The lawsuit is seeking damages for “perceived and actual emotional distress, and other damages,” and is asking for unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.
The complaint did not name the employees who filed the complaint, but the Associated Post has reported that the plaintiffs include several people who worked for the Hilton and who claim that they were not allowed into the hotel to observe the wedding.
The dispute is the second in recent months involving the Hilton.
In February, a group of lawyers representing Hilton workers sued the hotel, alleging they were fired for refusing to allow them to observe and film the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
A group of the workers filed a similar lawsuit against Hilton last month, but that suit did not specify what kind and how many of the hotel workers were fired.