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Restaurant Settlements

Published by on May 8, 2008

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today two settlements with restaurants. The first, here, announced a settlement with Razzoo’s, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based Cajun food restaurant chain, for $1 million.  The case was a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleging discrimination against a class of male applicants and employees.  “The EEOC said that […]

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today two settlements with restaurants.

The first, here, announced a settlement with Razzoo’s, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based Cajun food restaurant chain, for $1 million.  The case was a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleging discrimination against a class of male applicants and employees.  “The EEOC said that Razzoo’s refused to hire or promote men to the position of bartender in its restaurants.  Razzoo’s management set up and communicated to managers by e-mail a plan for an 80-20 ratio of women to men behind the bar, the EEOC said.  Male applicants and servers were expected to testify at trial . . . that managers told them Razzoo’s wanted mostly “girls” behind the bar.  Men who worked as servers at the restaurants were generally denied promotion to bartender because of their gender.  The few men who were promoted to bartender were not allowed to work lucrative “girls-only” bar­tend­ing events.”

The second, here, involved Specialty Restaurants in Los Angeles.  The $625,000 settlement resolves class claims of sexual harassment and retaliation at banquet facilities.

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