Roscoe’s Chicken N’ Waffles Ex-Employee Awarded $1.6 M In Race Discrimination Suit
A jury has awarded former employee of Roscoe’s House of Chicken N’ Waffles, Daniel Beasley, $1.6 million in damages after he sued the the popular soul food restaurant chain for racial discrimination and wrongful termination.
Beasley, an African American man, filed the suit due to feeling as though managers at the chain’s Pico Boulevard location harassed him for being black and gave preferential treatment to Latino employees, including better schedules.
“It’s owned by an African American owner, but he gives full authority to the Hispanics to run it,” Beasley told CBS LA.
Beasley then complained to human resources and the company’s owner and was soon after fired. He believes that their choice to let him go was retaliation as nothing was done to settle his situation.
Beasley says he became homeless after losing his job.
After his experience and the jury’s decision, Beasley and attorney Scott Cummings hopes this sends a clear message to all businesses. “Racism, racial harassment can occur really anywhere even in a black-owned business,” said Cummings. Beasley concluded,“You can’t treat people like that and get away with it constantly.”