Tag Archives: Race Discrimination

Lawsuit Claims Chicago Restaurants Refused to Hire Black Waiters

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African Americans were denied waiter positions at a number of Chicago restaurants owned by Rosebud Restaurants Inc. according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The complaint, which was filed in Federal Court in Chicago, claims the founder and owner of Rosebud Restaurants Inc., Alex Dana, and other management employees have discriminated against black job applicants.  The lawsuit claims that at the time of filing most of the restaurants had no black employees.  Rosebud Restaurants owns and operates several popular restaurants in the Chicago Area including Carmines in Chicago, Rosebud of Highland Park, and Ristorante Centro.

The EEOC is seeking a permanent injunction to prevent future discrimination by the restaurants against African American applicants. It also seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages for an undisclosed number of applicants who were denied employment because of their race.

Race Discrimination Lawsuit Filed against Panera Bread Restaurants

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A race discrimination class action lawsuit has been filed by an African-American sandwich line worker at a Pennsylvania Panera Bread restaurant claiming that black employees were denied opportunities for promotion to management positions.

The Complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleges that Panera restaurants precluded “Fat, Black, and Ugly” people from its workforce and kept these individuals away from customer contact. The lawsuit alleges that restaurant management adopted a racially-based hiring and work assignment policy and that blacks were routinely assigned to jobs in the back of the store, washing dishes or in food preparation, so customers would not see them.

Attorneys for the worker seek class action status for the case and compensatory and punitive damages for a class of African-American workers at Panera Bread who sought management positions at the restaurant.