One of the most luxurious hotels in New York, the famous Waldorf Astoria, is at the center of the scandal. In addition to the hotel in the scandal is involved one of the hotel staff, waiter Mohamed Kotbi.
As noted by American edition USA TODAY, Waldorf Astoria administration immediately after the 9/11 attacks in New York addressed to Mohamed Kotbi with proposal to change the name for something more familiar to Americans - John.
The reason for the name change, according to the Waldorf Astoria management, is a try to avoid possible fear of the restaurant guests at the hotel.
According to Mohamed Kotbi, he had to change his name for several times. The last time he was proposed to change it for Edgar. According to Kotbi, hotel management said: "Today it is better to be Edgar than Mohamed."
Mohamed Kotbi asked for help from special American service for combating discrimination on several occasions in 2005 and 2009. Among the claims put forward by Kotbi are racial and religious discrimination. One of the reasons to sue case against Waldorf Astoria was the reluctance of management to protect its staff from other team members. The hotel staff called Kotbi "terrorist" and "Al-Qaeda guy".
Waldorf Astoria New York is one of the flagship hotels of Waldorf Astoria and one of the visiting cards to the entire Hilton hotel corporation. New York Post notes that Mohamed Kotbi worked at this hotel since 1984. The official information published by Hilton in the American media is noted that the corporation is presented today on 6 continents, it employs over 1600 people and recruitment policy of the company is based on the principles of racial equality.