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Would-be bartender pours Applebee’s a shot of trouble

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Hiring,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

An Applebee’s restaurant in Fayetteville is facing an EEOC sex discrimination lawsuit after managers allegedly reneged on a promise to promote Amanda Antisdel to a bartending position and then hired a less experienced man instead.

According to the complaint, Antisdel worked as an Applebee’s waitress for more than a year. She performed well and told management she was interested in a bartending position. The bar manager agreed and allowed her to train behind the bar.

But three weeks into her training, the restaurant hired a man and placed him in the position. Antisdel claims management told her they wanted a “straight male” working behind the bar.

The EEOC’s suit on Antisdel’s behalf seeks back pay, damages and an injuction against future sex discrimination.

Note: If the allegations in the suit are true, Applebee’s will have a tough time winning this one in court.  The restaurant is accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act because there’s nothing about tending bar that requires hiring men instead of women.

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