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High-end club faces race and disability discrimination suit

Regardless of whether a place is a local out-of-the-way diner or a high-end exclusive club, there are strict and clear guidelines for how workers are to be treated in any food service environment. Recent allegations against an exclusive high-end club have centered on the management’s treatment of certain people who cooked and served food for them. Anyone in Colorado who works in food service and feels they may have suffered some form of race or disability discrimination may be interested in this case.

The group of employees has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the establishment. One person involved in the claim is blind in one of his eyes. He claims he was called names such as “Cyclops” and referred to as the “one-eyed guy.” He and another man with a rare disorder that results in a bulbous nose claim they were intentionally positioned out of the sight of customers based on their physical appearances and disabilities.

The suit also alleges that black employees were subjected to racial slurs on a frequent basis. A spokesman for the employer says that they have not been made privy to the details of the suit. They also state that they take these kinds of allegations seriously.

Cases of race and disability discrimination in Colorado and elsewhere may be challenging to prove. However, eyewitness statements to slurs or demeaning remarks, or any documentation that relates to work assignments or proof of discrimination, may be beneficial. It is important for workers to know their rights and to also understand the many forms that race and disability discrimination can take.

Source: NY Daily News, "Barclays Center hit with $5M suit claiming discrimination against disabled??", John Marzulli, July 28, 2014

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