A black waitress in Towson, MD, who was fired earlier this year, has filed a discrimination complaint against Applebee’s, claiming that she was harassed by a manager on the job and only allowed to serve tables with black customers.
Although Courtney Haywood, 23, started working at the restaurant as a server and bartender in 2007, she claims it wasn’t until new management took over the restaurant in May 2011 that she was restricted to only serving black customers. Haywood said “I talked to a manager, who kept saying, ‘I will take care of it, don’t worry about it.’ And nothing was taken care of.”
A communications firm for Applebee’s released a statement saying, “We take these allegations very seriously. We’re fully committed to creating a fair work environment for all of our team members. We have not received a copy of the alleged complaint, so we do not have any further information to offer at this time.”
I hope Haywood will be properly compensated if her claim is true. Do you think she has a solid case on her hands? Discrimination suits are common, as is racism, but it is so hard to prove.
Have you had similar experiences on your job? What did you do?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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