Panchero’s Mexican Grill in Bloomington faces charges it fired white workers who worked as line cooks because of their race. The fired workers claim managers openly stated they preferred white workers forjobs, but wanted only Mexicans for line positions.
According to a fired general manager, the company justified the policy by stating that Mexicans “work hard” and “don’t complain about wages.” The manager claims she was fired for refusing to implement the discriminatory policy.
The workers sued Panchero’s and Lamont Cos., the South Dakota firm that owns the restaurant. Lamont had moved to be dismissed from the case, but the federal judge hearing it refused, stating it was too early to determine whether the company could be considered an employer.
Note: Employers cannot segregate positions by race, ethnicity, national origin or any other protected class. Doing so violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.