Two restaurants in Fishkill and Wappingers Falls, N.Y. face charges that their owner regularly denigrated Hispanic employees and insisted they speak English on the job. An employee was fired the day after he complained to the EEOC, the suit says.
The lawsuit alleges that the owner of Antonella’s and Grand Centro sometimes held up a dollar bill and yelled at the workers, “This is America, you must speak English.” He allegedly used obscenities when describing Spanish-speaking employees and treated their requests for time off differently than those of other employees.
The national-origin bias and retaliation suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages.
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