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Kansas Buffalo Wild Wings Accused of Denying Service to Black Customers

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Employees reportedly said that “Blacks don’t give good tips”

A former Buffalo Wild Wings employee is taking the bar chain to court, alleging that managers at an Overland, Kansas location regularly made racist remarks and also permitted employees to deny service to black customers.

The employee behind the lawsuit worked as a cook at Buffalo Wild Wings for 12 years, and says he was fired for speaking out about discrimination. The plaintiff says he was introduced to a coworker as the “angry black man”, and often faced racist remarks which were dismissed as jokes. He also says he was denied promotions and raises despite being a senior employee. The lawsuit also calls the restaurant a “racially hostile work environment”, with the notable allegation that managers allowed staff to deny service to customers on the basis of race, with white employees claiming that “blacks don’t give good tips”. The chain says it’s investigating the claims.

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