The plaintiff’s lawyer, Gerald Gray, states that the reason white employees gave for not serving black customers was that “blacks don’t give good tips.”
The lawsuit alleges Lovelace was targeted for both his age and disability, and that he was often subjected to racist comments that were written off as jokes, despite the complaints which he regularly reported to management. In one instance, Lovelace was introduced to a fellow employee as the “angry black man” by an assistant general manager.
“Mr. Lovelace became fearful and was often stressed due to the tension he faced on the job during his shifts over the last year of his employment,” the suit says.
The lawsuit also states that Lovelace was denied raises and promotions, and given “less favorable shifts” despite his seniority.
In 2017, Lovelace says he was regularly disciplined for arriving late due to him becoming the caretaker of a sick relative. However, according to Lovelace, younger, non-black employees did not receive similar treatment.
In October 2017, Lovelace was ultimately fired for arriving late for work.
Facebook. “The victim here is a sweet and kind man, who always brightened up the shift and it hurts my heart that he was discriminated against by the staff who should have been supporting him.”” data-reactid=”31″>A fellow worker seems to back up Lovelace’s claims on social media. “I worked at this [Buffalo Wild Wings] location for nearly four years. Accepting environment to all races it was not,” the alleged former employee wrote on Facebook. “The victim here is a sweet and kind man, who always brightened up the shift and it hurts my heart that he was discriminated against by the staff who should have been supporting him.”
Buffalo Wild Wings did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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