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Hotel sued by former desk clerk over exorcism request

Hampton Inn & Suites

A former hotel front desk worker filed a lawsuit against Hampton Inn & Suites in Hazard, Kentucky, and his supervisor after he says he was punished for not undergoing an exorcism, local station WKYT reported Friday, posting a copy of the complaint.

The lawsuit, filed March 21, chronicles the challenges worker Jason Fields encountered when he refused to undergo a series of “cleanses” his supervisor Sharon Lindon — also named in the complaint — said he needed, as his pending divorce and marital strife were caused by “demons.”

Mr. Fields claims Ms. Lindon, a member of a church in Hazard, told him that he needed to be cleansed in order to keep his job as a desk clerk, according to the complaint.

Ms. Lindon is alleged to have given Mr. Fields a two-page questionnaire regarding his religion and sexuality, requiring him to submit the questionnaire before being subjected to what he referred to as an “exorcism,” according to the complaint.

After refusing to participate, Mr. Fields said his shift was changed to an undesirable overnight one and that Ms. Fields would call in members of her congregation to pray for him in the lobby as he worked, often times in front of hotel guests. He eventually quit, according to the lawsuit.

He is asking for a jury trial and both undetermined actual damages and punitive damages.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., which owns Hampton Inn properties, could not immediately be reached for comment.




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