By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Let’s face it – when a business refuses to open its door to employees of different races, something is wrong with that business, its ownership, and its practice. We are living in a world whereby people should be able to work together without the worry and/or concern of feeling as though the color of their skin would be a threat. Can we be honest for a moment and say that the world is becoming more diverse and because it’s becoming more diverse, businesses need to adjust with the times?
Unfortunately, every restaurant hasn’t received the memo that discrimination is not allowed. However, when those restaurants refuse to adhere to present times, they will pay a lofty sum for their ignorance.
Case in point -Rosebud Restaurants, Inc. was ordered to pay $1.9 million dollars in a discrimination lawsuit. According to a story published in the Chicago Crusader, “13 Italian restaurants operated by Rosebud in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs refused to hire Blacks because of their race. The EEOC also charged that managers, including Rosebud owner Alex Dana, used racial slurs to refer to Blacks.”
The EEOC discovered that there were no African-American employees on staff.
Fact – discrimination in hiring based on race violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964. “The EEOC filed the suit against Rosebud on Sept. 17, 2013 (case number 13-cv-6656) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The suit resulted from a charge of discrimination filed by former EEOC Commissioner Constance Baker.”
“The EEOC filed the suit against Rosebud on Sept. 17, 2013 (case number 13-cv-6656) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The suit resulted from a charge of discrimination filed by former EEOC Commissioner Constance Baker.”
The settlement will be paid out to African-American applicants who were denied jobs. Within the settlement, Rosebud must recruit as well as train African-American employees. In addition, they are ordered to change their hiring practices.
The restaurants that are under the Rosebud Restaurants, Inc. umbrella are: Rosebud Burger & Comfort Foods, Joe Fish, Rosebud Old World Italian, Rosebud of Highland Park, Rosebud in Naperville, Rosebud Theatre District, Rosebud Trattoria, Centro, Bar Umbriago and a host of others.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org