*Whoa! Hold the presses! Stop the noise! Talk about a MAJOR switch-a-roo!
One of the most well-known African American-owned chains (Roscoe’s House of Chicken N Waffles) was sued for racial discrimination.
…and the $1.6 million lawsuit was filed (and won) by a black man.
CBS Los Angeles reports that Daniel Beasley, an African American ex-employee of Roscoe’s, has been awarded more than $1 million based on his claims that the chain unlawfully terminated him after he complained to human resources about being treated badly by restaurant managers because he is black.
He says in his lawsuit that the Latino employees receive preferential treatment, and points out better work schedules as one of the perks.
Beasley told reporters that Roscoe’s, which has seven stores in southern, California, has an “…African American owner, but he gives full authority to the Hispanics to run it.”
But in spite of his claims to HR, no moves to better the situation were made. And soon after, Beasley was let go from his job, and subsequently, became homeless.
“It just caught me by surprise because here I am getting fired when I’m trying to fix the problem.”
Beasley and his attorney, Scott Cummings, wants this win to open some eyes and send a message to other businesses out there that no matter how you spin it, it’s still racism.
Beasley states, “You can’t treat people like that and get away with it constantly.”
His attorney chimes in, “Racism, racial harassment, can occur really anywhere. Even in a black-owned business,” said Cummings.
Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles is owned by extremely private, multi-millionaire, Herb Hudson.
Watch this report from CBS Los Angeles: