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David Burke Restaurants Sued For Religious Discrimination And Wage Payment Violations

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David Burke’s restaurants have been hit with a class action lawsuit for religious discrimination, retaliation, and wage payment violations. The class action lawsuit was filed against Chef David Burke and a number of his restaurants, “Fishtail,” “David Burke Townhouse,” “David Burke at Bloomingdale’s,” and “David Burke Kitchen,” by attorneys for Ibrahima Kaba, a former cleaning worker at David Burke Townhouse.

Kaba claims that he and other Muslim employees were denied the right to attend mandated Friday noon prayer at a mosque. The lawsuit also alleges that Kaba was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for complaining about religious discrimination and that other Muslim employees have similarly been retaliated against for their complaints by having their schedules reduced, being denied opportunities for equal compensation, or being terminated.

According to Kaba’s lawyers, he was also not paid overtime pay for hours worked over forty, received improper wage deductions for meals, and was not given required wage statements and annual wage notices in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New York labor laws.

Lawyers for the workers seek economic and compensatory damages, unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, liquidated damages, attorneys’ fees, and an injunction ordering David Burke’s restaurants to cease its discriminatory practices.

Disney Restaurant Sued By Former Employee for Religious Discrimination and Harassment

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A former employee of Disney’s Storytellers Café at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has filed a Complaint against the restaurant for religious and national origin discrimination and harassment.

In her lawsuit, Imane Boudlal, a Muslim woman who wears a hijab or veil as part of her religious beliefs, alleges that she was repeatedly subjected to ethnic and religious slurs from her co-workers, including being called a “terrorist” and a “camel,” and when she reported the harassment to the restaurant’s managers, they never took any action.

Boudlal, a former hostess claim that the Disney restaurant infringed on worker rights when it denied Boudlal’s request to permanently wear a hijab at work because it violated Disney’s “look policy.”  Lawyers for the worker allege that Disney discriminated against Boudlal when they gave her an option of either being stationed in the rear of the restaurant out of customers’ sight or wear several brightly colored large hats on top of her hijab, which no other employee at the restaurant was required to or did wear.  When Boudlal refused the options offered to her because she found the options to be humiliating, she was taken off the restaurant’s schedule and was fired.

The lawsuit seeks to recover back pay, damages for mental anguish, positive damages, and attorneys’ fees.