McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Inc. Pays $1.3 Million To Settle Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. pays $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit involving a pattern-or-practice of racial discrimination. The lawsuit was first filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). According to published accounts
McCormick & Schmick's engaged in a pattern or practice of race discrimination against African-American job applicants by refusing to hire them for front-of-the-house positions.
Additionally, black front-of-house workers hired at the two Baltimore restaurants were denied equal work assignments because of their race. The EEOC charged that McCormick & Schmick's advertising for job opportunities on its website had previously contained visual depictions of employees that expressed a preference for non-black workers to the ordinary reader. You can see how much money it costs a company when they engage in discrimination.
"Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 the EEOC remains as firmly committed to combating race discrimination in the workplace as the day we opened our doors." said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez