According to CBS Los Angeles, a jury has awarded a former worker at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles more than $1 million in damages after he sued the chain for racial discrimination.
The African-American man claimed in his wrongful termination lawsuit that he was harassed for being black at the restaurant on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. He said that managers gave preferential treatment to Latino employees, including better schedules.
Interestingly, CBS Los Angeles notes that the restaurant is owned by an African American and is often frequented by celebrity guests, including rapper Snoop Dogg and television personality Larry King.
The lawsuit claims that the man complained about mistreatment to human resource workers and the company’s owner, but nothing was done to alleviate his concerns. He said after he made his complaints known, he was fired in retaliation. “It just caught me by surprise because here I am getting fired when I’m trying to fix the problem,” the man said, according to CBS Los Angeles, which reported that the man became homeless.
Officials from the chain did not return phone calls for comment from the news source. There are seven Roscoe’s restaurants located across Southern California.
Do Not Tolerate Racial Discrimination at Work
As this story shows, if you experience what you believe to be is racial discrimination at work, you may be able to hold your employer liable.
There are federal and state laws preventing workers from be discriminated against by employers due to their race. Unfair treatment that may arise at work due to discrimination can affect promotions, layoffs, compensation plans, benefit plans, job assignments and/or training.
If you have been subjected to racial discrimination at work, contact our Los Angeles employment law firm by calling (310) 273-3180. We may be able to investigate your case.
You should not have to suffer at work because of the color of your skin or your race. Hold your employer liable if it allows racial discrimination.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys