Washington, DC – The Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and another prominent member of the Caucus this week sent a joint letter to the CEO of Marriott International following high profile allegations of exploitation and racial bias in the practices of the Marriott Credit Union, demanding accountability and a fix to the issues raised going forward.
In the letter to Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson about the Marriott Credit Union authored by CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and fellow CBC member Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02), the Congressmen call on the organization to address and rectify both the sky-high fees on loans – which have recently sparked a class action lawsuit by Marriott workers in Pennsylvania and were subject to scrutiny in a major New York Times article – and independent reports of significant racial bias in Marriott Credit Union loans to homeowners. Chairman Richmond and Rep. Thompson specifically seek remedy to a pattern of favorable rate property loans being granted disproportionately to non-black Marriott employees, according to data cited in their letter.
A wave of concern in black communities has been growing around the alleged racial bias in the business dealings of the Marriott Credit Union and the role that Marriott Hotels has in addressing that. African-American clergy leaders in Philadelphia, one of the first locations where the high-fee loans were identified as impacting low wage Marriott workers, have held multiple actions demanding justice on the issue. The full letter sent by Chairman Richmond and Rep. Thompson to the Marriott Credit Union is available here.
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