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The Post Oak Hotel in Houston faces second discrimination lawsuit filed this month

The newest lawsuit asserts that a hotel restaurant hostess placed a cloth over the shoulders of Blessing Nwosu, a Black woman, after she was asked to cover up.

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The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

A second lawsuit citing discrimination by The Post Oak Hotel was filed in Houston over the weekend.

The lawsuit comes just weeks after another discrimination lawsuit was filed against the hotel by a Houston attorney, Willie Powells, who said he was the only African American sitting in the hotel bar when he was asked to remove his hat by an employee.

The newest lawsuit alleges Blessing Nwosu, a Black teacher, was discriminated against when an employee at the hotel restaurant asked her to cover her shoulders.

Nwosu said a hostess at the hotel, located at 1600 West Loop South, also placed a cloth over her shoulders after she was asked to cover up.

“It was extremely embarrassing for me,” Nwosu said. “I went home and cried. I had many sleepless nights.”

Houston civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen, who has represented both Nwosu and Powells, said the lawsuit shows a pattern of discrimination by the hotel and its employees.

“There was nothing wrong with the attire that Blessing was wearing at the time,” Kallinen said. “We don’t know where that piece of cloth had been when they put it on her shoulder. That was extremely rude and she was treated differently than the other people that just happened to be white or Caucasian.”

In a statement about the newly filed lawsuit, a spokesperson for the hotel said the lawsuit, like the first, was frivolously filed.

“The Post Oak attracts hotel patrons from all over the world and is one of the most diverse properties in Houston both in employees and its customer base,” said the statement.

“The hostess is a minority and denies any discriminating nature towards the plaintiff and simply wanted plaintiff to cover up,” the statement also said. “This is nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit filed by an opportunistic lawyer looking for 15 minutes of fame and a pot of gold. It’s a lot cheaper these days to use the media for free publicity in lieu of paying for billboards or television advertising.”

Nwosu said she is seeking changes at the hotel so similar incidents don’t happen in the future.

“I believe that the restaurant needs more training or something, but this just can not go on,” she said.