Albert Law had checked into the Hilton Richmond Downtown in Virginia’s capital and was waiting in the lobby when a security guard approached him with a question. It floored him.
“Do you belong here?” the guard inquired, demanding to see his room key and identification. As the only Black person seated near several white people – none of whom was asked the same question – Law was deeply offended, he said in an interview.
“It’s a level of humiliation you can never get out of your head,” said Law, a software executive from the Atlanta suburbs who had come to the hotelfor a law enforcement administrators conference in March 2018.
Law is one of several Black people who filed lawsuits alleging they were confronted about their presence at hotels where they were visitors or registered guests. In some instances, hotel staff called or threatened to call police.