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CAIR-NJ Welcomes Marriott Probe of Denial of Service to South-Asian/Latina Couple at South Brunswick Location

(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 2/9/2021) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today welcomed Marriott International’s probe of an incident that reportedly took place at TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cranbury, South Brunswick, N.J., location in which a South Asian/Latina couple was denied service.   

The South-Asian man and his Latina partner checked into the Marriott hotel on Thursday, Feb. 4. On the morning of Monday, Feb. 8 the multi-cultural couple renewed their stay at the hotel online. The man approached the hotel front desk to renew his door key. At that time, the hotel’s general manager refused to renew the door key and, in a video, said, “I’m going to choose not to do business with you right now.”   

The manager refused to offer an explanation for the denial of service and then called the police.  

Video: Denial of Service to South-Asian/Latina Couple at Marriott South Brunswick, N.J., Location

In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:  

“CAIR-New Jersey is awaiting the findings of Marriott’s investigation into the disturbing incident that occurred yesterday at their South Brunswick location. We expect their probe to be quick, thorough, and transparent, in determining why the general manager denied this couple the opportunity to extend their stay at the hotel.  

“It is perplexing and frustrating to watch the general manager casually deny services without giving any reason, raising concern over possible discrimination. We expect immediate answers and appropriate action as a result of the investigation.  

“Restaurants and other professional establishments have in the recent past racially profiled and denied services to minorities groups, particularly brown and black people, who do not meet their racially-motivated expectations and standards. Our office will continue to challenge these systemic racist policies and attitudes.” 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.          

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          

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CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 862-264-9414, smaksut@cair.com  

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