McFadden’s Saloon Settles Racial Discrimination Suit

INQUIRER: The suit contained text messages and e-mails exchanged between managers, including one that declared: “We don’t want black people we are a white bar!” Walt Wyrsta, the general manager who sent the inflammatory texts, was fired after an internal investigation at the restaurant, attorneys for both confirmed. His termination was not part of the settlement. […] A consent order entered in federal court requires that McFadden’s hire a human-resources consulting firm to create and enforce nondiscrimination policies. A confidential hotline will be established for employees to report complaints. McFadden’s also will be required to provide quarterly reports on its progress to the court for one year. MORE

PREVIOUSLY: A Philadelphia bar actively discriminates against black patrons and employees, banning drinkers who wear baggy clothes and forcing black workers into behind-the-scenes jobs, according to a lawsuit filed by an attorney who moonlights there as a bartender. In a class action lawsuit against McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, lawyers for bartender Michael Bolden said they have obtained e-mails and text messages in which managers discuss ways to limit the number of black patrons. MORE

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