Jamaican citizens sue Yellowstone Club over wages

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Five Jamaican citizens recruited to work at a Montana ski resort for the ultra-rich say they and more than 100 other Jamaicans were discriminated against and paid less than other employees doing the same work.

They have filed a lawsuit and are scheduled to enter settlement talks with the Yellowstone Club and a hospitality staffing agency this week.

The lawsuit alleges the Jamaicans did not receive tips or service charges that are included on restaurant and bar bills like other employees did last winter at the resort north of Yellowstone National Park.

The parties declined to comment before Wednesday’s mediation in Missoula.

The complaint argues the lost tips and service charges could amount to around $500 a night for workers at the nicest restaurants at the exclusive ski and golf resort near Big Sky.

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