Thursday, 5 November 2009

Race Discrimination | Lloyd v. McCormick & Schmicks Restaurant

Trial Date: PENDING

Jurisdiction: Superior Court of California, Alameda County

Summary: Four Plaintiffs from differing backgrounds and differing job classifications join together to sue their employer, Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto in Berkeley, California. The Plaintiffs tell a story of a hateful, violent gay bashing in the restaurant kitchen. The Plaintiffs tell a story of vicious anti-African American racism, against customer and employee alike. African-American customers are segregated away from the view of the rest of the customers in the back of the restaurant. Servers say their African American customers are “cheap, loud and complainers” and refer to parties of African Americans as “ghetto tables.” One manager, a rising star in the Defendant’s organization, refers to his African American customers as “rats.” The Plaintiffs have experienced ruined careers, humiliation and vicious racial slurs at the hands of their employer.

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