Exclusion Within the Workplace
The Hyatt Regency New Brunswick is a site for the community to unite but also a site of where the community can divide. Like any hotel, The Hyatt allows for its visitors create a home away from home through events, the restaurant and other amenities. However, it is also a site where the workers can become isolated from the visitors due to social standing and race, and their relationship to New Brunswick as a site of labor versus a site of business.
This can be seen through an interview with Tony Nakamura, a New Brunswick resident who worked at the Hyatt. Mr. Nakamura speaks about how the Hyatt was a way to socialize and make friends. But it was also a place where he was judged based on his race and social standing as a worker. Mr. Nakamura discribes a situtation, for instance, where he was helping out at one of the Hyatt's bars and a woman treated him rudely as he cleared her table, which he atrributes to his race:
One time I was still working for the Hyatt ... This was one of those years we had Subway Series and everyone else wanted to be off. A majority of the staff wanted to be off, the only ones left were the managers and the managers were helping out in the sports bar. So, since I'm not good at being a waiter, never been one. I said I'll be a busser. I was wearing a suit, mind you, with my full name on it... This lady, obviously intoxicated, the game was over, she was in the V.I.P section. She was one of the VIP's from Johnson and Johnson. 'Boy, come here, I need this tabled cleaned.' Everyone seems to be dismissive about me, I don't understand that. 'Clean this table.' I just look at her and go, yes ma'am. Cleaned the table and went away. I'm like, lady, if you weren't from Johnson & Johnson and I didn't like my said [sic] I would have said something right to her face.