In the wake of the election, many of Trump’s hotel employees and guests have complained about having to cover their faces and be treated with disdain.
But this is exactly the kind of harassment Trump supporters have been fighting for years, and now, as a result, some hotel employees are speaking out.
On Thursday, the National Women’s Law Center, an advocacy group, filed a lawsuit against the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Trump violated federal and state civil rights.
Trump and the hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Jillian Meehan, who works at the Trump hotel in Washington.
“There’s not even a single Trump employee who is willing to go to work and be seen with a woman.”
Meegan said that she has worked for the Trump Hotel for five years and said she felt unwelcome, especially because she wears makeup.
“I’m a woman, I’ve been treated horribly, and this hotel treats me badly,” she said.
The complaint also names Trump’s former CEO Michael Cohen, who is the chairman of the hotel’s board of directors, as well as its president and CEO, as defendants.
Meeham also filed a separate lawsuit against Trump’s children, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Jr. Trump, the president’s eldest son, has been criticized for his handling of sexual harassment allegations.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post published an article alleging that Ivanka Trump had sent text messages in which she asked a male Trump associate if he was “still dating my daughter.”
The story cited unnamed people who said the text messages show Ivanka Trump trying to “get a reaction” from the man who had sent them.
“These messages were never meant to be shared or seen by anyone outside of her family,” said Meeah.
“She never asked me to send these texts, she never wanted anyone to know what was going on.”
Meeshan said that Ivanka has denied all of the accusations, but she and others in the Trump family are not surprised that the president has been accused of sexual assault.
“This is not the first time that Trump has been a sexual predator,” she added.
“We’ve known about this for years.”