Owners of Rochester, MN hotel settle age bias suits

Interstate Hotels and Resorts, the Virginia-based firm that managed Rochester’s Kahler Grand Hotel, has settled age discrimination charges that four former employees brought against the company. Interstate began managing the hotel, which serves the Mayo Clinic, in January 2013.

The group’s lead executive (who also holds an ownership stake in the hotels) allegedly referred to one of the plaintiffs as an “older gal” who “was eligible for Medicaid or Medi­­care” and “should be retired.” The statement, made during an executive meeting, was recorded.

Shortly after the statement, the company terminated the “older gal” and three others. The four ranged in age from 64 to 72. They filed age discrimination complaints alleging the management group violated the Minnesota Human Rights Act when it fired them.

The parties agreed to a confidential settlement.