Employees of the High Line Hotel were expecting to get back to work after the hotel suffered major flooding damage during Hurricane Sandy, and owners MCR Development and Brodsky Organization spent months telling workers that they would return to their previous jobs. However, once renovations were completed on the hotel, former employees learned that not only would they not be re-hired to their previous positions, they had all already been replaced.
MCR Development’s CEO Tyler Morse reasons that the change in staff was due to the caliber of the hotel changing after renovations. The High Line re-opened its doors in May with all new staff, renovated rooms, an additional restaurant, a bar with two patios and the first New York City location for popular upscale coffee chain Intelligentsia. With the High Line sporting new digs, apparently the former employees were no longer a match for the newly minted furnishings.
The displaced employees aren’t the only ones left abandoned and duped in the deal. In order to secure a recommendation for the hotel’s liquor license, Morse promised Community Board 4 during a meeting in December that he would bring back workers at the same wages. We’re curious to find out how the board is responding to this unfortunate news.
“I was anticipating getting my job back and now my unemployment is almost over,” said Patricia Sims to DNAInfo. Sims, who has spent years in the hospitality industry and served as a former housekeeper at the hotel, had been holding off on her employment search in anticipation of getting her job back. “I was so sure, I trusted them on their word, and now I’m really discouraged.”
Via DNA Info