In the last entry, this blog discussed a racial discrimination complaint raised in Manatee County. One of the issues in that complaint is the allegation that blacks who work as school principals in the school district are primarily relegated to districts with high poverty rates and are often denied transfers to other schools.
A recent class action race discrimination lawsuit that has been filed against the Dunkin' Donuts chain has a similar take on how some franchisees say that they were steered to lower income areas when seeking to open a Dunkin' Donuts shop.
One couple says that executives with the chain misrepresented facts when the couple was seeking to open franchises on the East Coast. The two are African-American and claim that executives falsely represented that locations for stores in better locations were unavailable when they sought to open franchises.
A woman who is of Indian descent says that she was also steered away from more preferable locations when she sought franchises in 2004 and 2005.
Dunkin" Donuts reportedly has asked the court to dismiss the race discrimination lawsuit. The company says that each franchisee signed an agreement waiving claims against the company. The coffee and donut chain also says that the people waited too long to due for discrimination.
Followers of this blog know that the issues discussed on these pages normally focus on the area of employment law. Federal laws protect workers from discriminatory practices in the workplace. It is important to note that a person who has suffered issues that violate worker protection laws may also face statute of limitation issues. It is important to consider speaking with legal counsel as soon as possible when workplace discrimination or harassment arises.
Source: New York Post, "Dunkin' seeks escape from hot water," Mark DeCambre, Dec. 17, 2012