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Marriott Just Fired an Employee Because She’s a Democrat

viviana(**Update on this article can be seen here.)

HERE’S THE DEAL

Marriott fired a long-term employee, a Democrat, because she’s running for a seat on her local county commission. And it just so happens that Marriott supports her Republican opponent.

Let’s tell Marriott where we stand on punishment-for-politics. Here’s one way:

If you have a Twitter account, please post this:
@MarriottVacClub you don’t fire over politics #VivianaJanerJustice

THE BACKSTORY

Sleazy hotels have had a role in political scandals for as long as anyone can remember. But, usually, they just host the scandals — not instigate them. One upscale hospitality chain did just that, though, and they ought to hear that we don’t like it. That citizens care about this.

The culprit: Marriott Worldwide Vacations. The victim: Viviana Janer, who worked for Marriott and campaigns in her spare time for a seat on the Osceola County (FL) Commission. And she hasn’t given up, even though she was terminated from her job at Marriott.

Let’s get down to brass tacks:

  • Viviana Janer is a Puerto Rico-born-female-MBA and long-term internal auditor for Marriott — and a Democrat who has openly worked for social justice in her county
  • Viviana decided to run against an incumbent Republican for the Osceola County Commission
  • Viviana didn’t notify Marriott about her campaign because she was conducting it in her spare time and was a nearly-unfunded long-shot
  • Marriott’s former parent company went and donated $1,000 to her Republican opponent’s campaign
  • When Marriott found out that she was running against their Republican choice for the office, they fired Viviana citing “a conflict of interest” for the company

Seriously?

Cheers guest star and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O’Neil, famously mentioned that “all politics is local.” So let’s get local. Let’s start here. Let’s warn corporations that they can not control local politics by firing employees for getting involved in their own community. Isn’t it enough that they can buy and sell the ones that they like through Citizens United? Do they have to destroy hard-working people who want to improve their community, too?

Earlier this year, you guys helped us wage a hashtag campaign against Wells Fargo, a formidable corporation that decided to destroy a local business owner — just because they could. Within hours of the Twitter campaign, they contacted the victim and were begging us to call off the hashtags. Let’s see if we can do it again, folks! This might not be the biggest fish to fry, but… all politics is local. That’s where we start. Let’s tell them “enough.”

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Discussion

17 thoughts on “Marriott Just Fired an Employee Because She’s a Democrat

  1. This has given me a completely different image of the Marriott.
    I thought they were more “family oriented.” But they contribute
    to a Republican who is on the Board of Directors of the
    Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce; an
    organization who is against raising the minimum wage and
    regulations. They contribute to the Republican John Q, who
    voted no to fund $97,500 for Public Schools and colleges, voted
    no for Fl. Kidcare funding,no to teacher salary increases.

    Vivian Janer is a Democratic with Democratic moral values.

    Posted by Lydia Rodriguez | September 23, 2014, 4:27 pm
  2. Mariott taking lessons from guests. Shame on you.

    Posted by marie | September 23, 2014, 6:07 pm
  3. Marriott International just posted this statement on their Facebook page. So this has nothing to do with Marriott, just MVW. Facts should be checked before people get mad at the wrong company!

    “Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (MVW) became a completely separate company from Marriott International, Inc. in 2011 as a result of Marriott’s spin-off of its timeshare operations. While MVW licenses the Marriott name, Marriott International has no corporate control or influence over the MVW Corporation.”

    Posted by Jane | September 23, 2014, 6:28 pm
  4. Hmm. Jane, can’t find a single Marriott Facebook page that states that. Do you have a link?

    Posted by Lester & Charlie Present | September 23, 2014, 11:59 pm
  5. Marriott Hotels and Resorts Facebook page. They’re responding to the comments. check out the comments in the first post.

    Posted by Jane | September 24, 2014, 8:39 am
  6. Attend, young grasshopper, and learn about the wonderous mysteries of corporate reorganizations. The sine qua non of a “spin off” transaction is continuity of ownership and/or continuity of business operations. In other words, parent company put the time share business into a separate legal entity, most likely with a view toward insulating itself from the credit and public relations risks of a business line which are different than the risks of the hotel business (i.e. pissed off unit owners who suddenly realize their vacation week really cant be re-sold). In pretty much all other respects, its: meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    Posted by scott tisevich | September 24, 2014, 9:22 am
  7. Let’s say someone has a bunch of Marriott Rewards points that they suddenly realized they never want to use. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a campaign headquarters in a Marriott? Can we do that?

    Posted by DW | September 24, 2014, 12:36 pm
  8. In an effort to provide accurate reporting, please correct the headline and facts throughout your story. Marriott International, Inc. (Marriott) did not undertake this action. This matter solely involves Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (MVW) became a completely separate company from Marriott International, Inc. in 2011 as a result of Marriott’s spin-off of its timeshare operations. While MVW licenses the Marriott name, Marriott International has no corporate control or influence over the MVW Corporation.

    Posted by Marriott International | September 25, 2014, 7:10 pm
    • When you intentionally share the same company name to make everyone think you ARE the same company don’t be surprised when it works. Also, since your companies share the same brand name and reputation, it would be in the best interest of all Marriott chains to behave professionally so you do not have to make embarrassing statements like this to distance yourselves from each other. Stupid decision to fire the Democrat, exposing bad management practices within the Marriott family.

      Get your act together immediately, and stop all of your involvement in politics. People see that for what it is, especially when you so shamelessly endorse the Republican candidate.

      Posted by Dave | September 29, 2014, 1:28 am
  9. I trust that this will redound to the benefit of Ms Janer and that she can use this story to help get out the vote. When she wins, her salary as County Commissioner should far exceed what she got for selling her soul to Marriott. In the long run this is a win for Viviana, but we need to help her with her candidacy. Go to http://www.vivianajaner.com to find out how you can help her campaign And make sure you friend her on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Viviana.Janer

    Posted by davefinnigan | September 25, 2014, 10:18 pm
  10. I phoned Marriot Vacations Worldwide at 407-206-6000, then pressed zero and asked for Ed Kinney, their company spokesman who was quoted in an article I read. I left a polite voicemail, expressing how appalled and disappointed I was at how Viviana Janer was treated, when she was fired for not quitting her candidacy for Osceola County Commission District 2.

    Posted by Sheri Morton | September 26, 2014, 3:51 pm
  11. I’ll call the FBI. I’m sure they’ll get right on it, maybe even even send Lois Lerner. In other words, cry me a river.

    Posted by markinmaryland | September 28, 2014, 9:11 am

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