The former manager of the Milk Shake Factory ice cream parlor in Pittsburgh has filed a complaint alleging she was fired for disobeying the company’s discriminatory hiring guidelines. When she was hired to manage the store, a branch of Trafford-based Edward Marc Chocolatier, the company gave her complete autonomy to hire subordinates as long as they were the “All-American girl” type.
She asked for clarification and was told the company preferred blond-haired, blue-eyed girls, preferably from nearby Duquesne University. Since the order obviously barred hiring men or black applicants, she became concerned.
Ultimately, she decided she could not break the law. She hired a black woman to work in the store.
The Milk Shake Factory, the former manager claims, fired her for disobeying its order.
Edward Marc Chocolatier issued a statement saying that since it “takes such claims and allegations very seriously, we are confident, knowing the values of our family-owned business, that this matter will be successfully resolved. We remain committed to diversity within our business and within the communities within which we operate, which makes the allegations in this lawsuit even more surprising.”
Note: Employers cannot discriminate against employees based on race or gender just because they want a certain look. Hiring the best-qualified person for each position is the best way to avoid discrimination complaints.
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