Racism In Plain Sight: Woman Denied A Position At NYC Bakery Because She Was Black

September 29, 2013  |  

Yes folks, racism even blatantly rears its ugly head in he city that never sleeps. A bakery in Queens made it very clear to a woman who interviewed for a job: they would not be hiring her because she was black.

According to the New York Daily News, that is exactly how it happened. Back in October 2011, Jamilah Dacosta interviewed for a position at Framboise Patisserie in Queens, New York. After speaking to the co-owner Patty Meimetea, she was told that she could not be hired for the “counter girl” position because she was black.

The Human Rights commission found that the bakery owner told her that she wouldn’t be a good fit because “black workers in the front of the store would scare customers away.”

Is that right?

DaCosta says she “felt hurt and disgusted” and said Meimetea began telling her negative things about why she couldn’t be hired before the formal interview even began.

Both Meimetea and her husband/owner AJ Supthanthri denied the allegations saying that the city and DaCosta only want money from them. In fact, they say Dacosta was racist towards Meimetea because DaCosta assumed she was white and she’s actually Greek.

After a trial and full investigation, the commission did not believe any of what the owners said. They fined the bakery $25,000 for racial discrimination against DaCosta and gender discrimination against men who applied because their listing on Craigslist specifically said “counter girl.” They will pay $15,000 in penalties to the city and $10,000 will go to DaCosta.

DaCosta said although she considers herself to be a woman with thick skin, she was completely broken down after that experience.

Framboise Patisserie says they have since hired two black employees: one who works in the front of the store…and one in the kitchen.

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