These Caribbean Nationals Are Suing An Ultra-Exclusive Montana Resort

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One of the lodges at the Yellowstone Club.
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 24, 2018: A group of Caribbean immigrants hired to work as cooks, servers, bartenders and housekeepers in an ultra-exclusive resort in Montana, U.S.A, are suing the company.

Plaintiffs Tasheka Bryan, Nicholas Douglas, Junior Harris, Stephaney Smith and Marcus Richards of Jamaica are suing Yellowstone Club Operations, LLC and Hospitality Staffing Solutions, LLC for cheating them out of tips and other compensation.

The Jamaicans were among about 110 cooks, servers, bartenders and housekeepers who were allegedly recruited in Jamaica with promises of tips that could amount to $600 a night.

But in the law suit, they claim they instead “found themselves jointly employed by a temp-staffing firm from Georgia, robbed of their tips and service charges, and with deductions taken from their pay that they never agreed to.”

The complaint was filed last Thursday in federal court in Butte, Montana by Christopher C. Young of the Young Law Office, PLLC.

The Jamaicans allege they were treated worse than other workers because they’re black. They have also filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Jamaicans were brought to the US on H-2B visas in the winter of 2017-2018.

The Yellowstone Club, also Yellowstone Ski Resort, is a private residential club, ski resort, and golf resort located in the state of Montana, USA. The Rocky Mountain ski and golf club is located in eastern Madison County, just west of Big Sky, Montana, south of Bozeman and northwest of Yellowstone National Park. Membership reportedly costs a minimum of $250,000 to join, plus the cost of a $5 million to $35 million for mountainside home, plus annual dues of about $20,000. To maintain its exclusivity, membership is capped at just over 800 plus members.