Motel 6 agrees to pay $12 million to settle Suit

The series Motel 6 agreed Thursday to pay $12 million to settle a suit filed by Washington state were provided to immigration officials for a couple of decades, the state attorney general said.

The data directed to targeted investigations by U.S. authorities and Customs Enforcement agents, that went after people with Latino-sounding titles, Attorney General Bob Ferguson stated.

Some individuals staying in seven Motel 6 locations in the state were detained or deported, he explained.

“Motel 6 actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens of thousands of Washingtonians,” Ferguson said in a statement. “Our settlement holds Motel 6 answerable for illegally handing guests’ private data without a warrant.”

The company said it is going to enforce its privacy policy, which prohibits the sharing of guest information except in circumstances where subpoena or a judicially enforceable warrant is current or local law requires release of the info.

The business has implemented controls to guarantee corporate oversight and compliance in situations where law enforcement requests are made.

“The safety and security of our clients, which includes protecting guest information, is the top priority, and we’re pleased to be able to reach resolution in this subject,” the organization said.

The arrangement applies to each of 6 locations. The business also agreed to offer employees with training to protect guest solitude, Ferguson explained.

In a separate lawsuit filed in Arizona, the business agreed in November to pay up to $7.6 million into Latino guests that said resort employees shared private information with officials.

In Washington state, Ferguson stated Motel 6 gave ICE information without a merit between 2017 and 2015 on a daily basis for a total of 80,000 guests.

In one instance, ICE agents stoped in a parking lot a Seattle guy who stayed in a Motel 6 near SeaTac as he wrapped Christmas gifts for his four kids. He had been detained and deported later, Ferguson said.

His wife has struggled to support the children and the man was the sole provider for his family, ” he explained.

In another scenario, a Vancouver father who had dwelt in the U.S. for over 20 years had been detained after staying at a Motel 6 to a trip to pick up supplies for his grocery business, Ferguson stated. He was deported, leaving behind his wife and six children.

Ferguson filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court claiming the corporation’s disclosures violated a regulation against discrimination and the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

The business should make an internet tool for guests to report incidences where they think the hotel series has shared guest info.