Houston Nightclub Michael’s International corporate vice-president has been charged with making explicit racist statements and forcing out African-American staff. The management of the club prevented African-American waitresses from working scheduled shifts when a company official visited the club. The local managers told one of the waitresses that vice president Bert Stair did not like African-American waitresses and dancers in his club. To prevent confrontation, the local managers rearranged schedules during official visits. In the complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Stair allegedly directly called at least one of the black waitresses a “n—-r,” and told her “We don’t need any more n—-rs in this club, we have enough.” The EEOC filed suit against Duncan Burch, Inc., doing business as Michael’s International, and Burch Management Co., Inc. in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division after first attempting to reach a pre – litigation settlement through its conciliation process. Full article.
Striving for equality is a constant battle in America. Despite many laws put into place to prevent discrimination and equality, it seems that there still persists inequality in many instances across the country. In the workplace, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov.
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