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Roscoe's pays out $1.6M for an employment discrimination lawsuit

Although the law clearly defines what is considered discrimination, it apparently does not seem to stop some businesses from engaging in the illegal activity. Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles in California, a soul food institution, has recently been accused by a former employee of employment discrimination. The popular business is frequented by celebrities and even the president.

The plaintiff -- who happens to be black -- claims that he was mistreated by restaurant managers. The owner of the soul food chain is also black, but allegedly he had given Hispanics the power to run the business. The plaintiff alleges that he suffered harassment because of his race and noticed there was disparate treatment that favored Latino workers such as those workers having preferred work schedules.

When the plaintiff complained to the owner of Roscoe's as well as human resources, he claims that he was ignored and nothing was ever done to change the situation. After he voiced his feelings, he was later fired. Without his job, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered an enormous financial hardship and became homeless.

The plaintiff claims that Roscoe's retaliated against him for trying to eliminate the employment discrimination. A jury ruled in the plaintiff's favor, and he was awarded $1.6 million for his lawsuit. The man hopes that his complaint will send a message to other business owners letting them know that discrimination can occur anywhere, and workers do not deserve to be mistreated. It is not yet known if the California restaurant chain will attempt to appeal the jury's verdict.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Jury Awards Ex-Employee Of Roscoe's Chicken N' Waffles $1.6M In Race Discrimination Suit", Sept. 9, 2015

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