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Albuquerque Hotel General Manger Subject of
 Sex Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuit

By Tom Sharpe, The Santa Fe New MexicanMcClatchy-Tribune Business News

Apr. 7, 2007 - A Santa Fe woman is suing an Albuquerque hotel, claiming its general manager sexually harassed her, including bragging about having sex with another female employee.

Lawyer Stephen Tinkler filed a complaint on behalf of Marie Vasquez this week against the Hilton Hotels Corp., Homewood Suites by Hilton, 7101 Arvada Ave. NE, and against the hotel's general manager, Keith Stuckey.

Stuckey did not return a phone message seeking comment.

According to the state District Court complaint, Stuckey worked with Vasquez's husband at Bishop's Lodge near Santa Fe and hired her as a housekeeping supervisor at the Albuquerque hotel in March 2006.

The complaint says Stuckey often called Vasquez into his office to discuss leaving his wife, his sexual exploits with the hotel's assistant general manager, the color of the assistant's underwear and his desire to have sex with anotherfemale employee there.

When Vasquez told him she was offended, the complaint says, Stuckey escalated his sexual harassment and suggested he and Vasquez's husband "swap wives." On one occasion, it says, he took her to his home under the pretext of retrieving his wallet and tried to "lure" her into his bedroom, "claiming that she should meet his dogs."

The complaint says Vasquez resigned in July when Stuckey became confrontational after she complained about her staff's working long hours and the fact "he only hired young and attractive female employees, and ... subjected them to a misogynist and sexually harassing work atmosphere." Vasquez subsequently filed a charge of discrimination with the New Mexico Human Rights Division, the complaint says.

It seeks unspecified damages for sex discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination via "constructive discharge," negligent supervision of Stuckey and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Contact Tom Sharpe at 995-3813 or tsharpe@sfnewmexican.com.

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