Motel 6 Will Pay $7.6 Million After It Shared Guests’ Personal Info With ICE
Motel 6 was ordered to pay guests $7.6 million after a class action lawsuit claimed it passed on guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Reuters reported that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) brought the class action case against the motel chain after it allegedly passed on guest details to authorities.
As part of the settlement, Motel 6 agreed to refrain from sharing guest information with the authorities for a period of two years, unless there was a legal warrant, a subpoena, or the suspicion of a serious crime had been committed.
The motel chain came under scrutiny after ICE arrested 20 former Motel 6 guests over a period of six months in Arizona.
The lion’s share of the settlement will go to guests that faced removal proceedings as a direct result of Motel 6’s information sharing. Reuters reported that they will receive at least $7,500 each, making up a combined total of $5.6 million.
Approximately $1 million will go to guests that were interrogated by immigration officials after staying at a Motel 6. Those affected should receive around $1,000 each.
The final portion of the settlement will go to those who had their information shared but had no further action taken. These guests will receive $50 each.
On top of the $7.6 million paid out to the victims, Motel 6 will also pay up to $1.3 million for the plaintiffs’ legal fees.
During the court proceedings, Motel 6 denied engaging in unlawful conduct and refused to admit liability. However, the MALDEF and Motel 6 issued a joint statement following the ruling.
“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.”