Employers in the Twin Cities certainly have the ability to hire whomever they feel is the best candidate for a job. There are, however, federal laws in place that prevent not hiring an applicant due to some form of discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and other employment laws protect workers from all types of workplace discrimination, including that based on race, sexual orientation or any other number of biases.
A recent investigation conducted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found evidence of prevalent race discrimination at a chain of Chicago restaurants. According to reports, the EEOC launched an investigation into Rosebud Restaurants Inc. after a woman came forward and alleged that the restaurants rarely, if ever, hired African American applicants. There were no details released regarding the woman’s specific experience, however, the EEOC investigation reportedly confirmed her allegations and showed that several of the restaurants, all owned by one man, had very few black workers or none at all.
As a result of the investigation, the EEOC has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Rosebud. In addition to seeking an injunction to stop future race discrimination at the restaurants, the EEOC is also asking for financial compensation for African American applicants who were not hired. According to reports, the commission attempted to reach a settlement with the restaurant chain prior to pursuing litigation, but was not able to come to an agreement.
Beyond just reporting a violation of employee rights to the EEOC, workers may also have the option to take legal action on their own. This is where an experienced attorney can help. A lawyer can explain your options, as well as answer any questions that you may have, and help you determine the best course of action for your situation.
Source: The Republic, “EEOC accuses Chicago restaurant chain of racial discrimination for hiring few black workers”, Sep. 18, 2013