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Florida woman sues donut shop for racial discrimination

A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Miami stands accused of racially discriminating against a female employee. The woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that her manager and co-workers treated her poorly because of her race and then retaliated by taking her off the work schedule.

According to her legal complaint, the discrimination started shortly after her hiring on March 8, 2016. By April 13, 2016, the employer allegedly ceased scheduling her for work and terminated her position without telling her. The manager never responded to her calls or texts inquiring about the loss of work hours. Her lawyer said that she had difficulty getting her final paycheck as well.

The lawsuit explains that her manager and co-workers focused on her dark skin color and kinky hair. Comments about her physical features were routine among staff members. They allegedly referred to her by the Spanish term “Negrita,” which means little black girl. They limited her duties to cleaning and did not train her in the use of the food and drink equipment.

A statement from Dunkin’ Donuts corporate explained that the lawsuit applied to the independent owner of the franchise location. The franchise agreement requires store owners to comply with all employment laws.

Hostility toward a particular race at work could leave a person feeling isolated and vulnerable to job loss. Someone threatened by potentially illegal conduct at work might benefit from Boca Raton, Florida, workplace racial discrimination legal assistance. An attorney may be able to determine if the evidence appears to violate employment laws and prepare a formal complaint to the employer. This may set in motion a process that might lead to a financial settlement or cessation of mistreatment at work.

Source: Revelist, “A Former Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Is Suing The Brand For Racist Harassment“, Marquaysa Battle, March 1, 2019

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