Motel 6 hands off information of immigrants to Ice.
After a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Motel 6, the chain agreed to pay as much as $7.6 million to guests who said their private information was given to U.S. immigration agents, according to court records.
Former guests sued Motel 6 over privacy violations earlier this year, alleging that the chain handed over their personal information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit came after a 2017 Phoenix New Times report that ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at two Motel 6 locations in Arizona.
Under the proposed settlement agreement, the hotel also agreed not to share guests' personal information without a warrant or subpoena, unless necessary to prevent "a significant crime," according to the document.
Motel 6 and MALDEF said in a joint statement that the hotel has prohibited employees from sharing such information.
"Motel 6 fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and accepts full responsibility for both compensating those who were harmed and taking the necessary steps to ensure that we protect the privacy of our guests," it said. The hotel chain did not, however, admit to any wrongdoing.
The proposed settlement states that Motel 6 will pay up to $5.6 million (at least $7,500 per guest) to those who were placed in immigration-removal proceedings; up to $1 million (at least $1,000 per guest) to those who were interrogated; and up to $1 million (at least $50 per guest) to those whose personal information was given to federal authorities.
Furthermore, Motel 6 will cover the cost of the former guests' legal fees.
The settlement agreement must still be approved by the district court.
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