Overland Park Buffalo Wild Wings accused of not serving black people – KCTV Kansas City

Overland Park Buffalo Wild Wings accused of not serving black people - KCTV Kansas City
Lawsuit claims Buffalo Wild Wings staffers refused to serve black customers, said they dont give good tips
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Share Hope Schreiber May 22nd 2019 9:28AM A federal lawsuit filed on Monday by a former employee of an Overland, Kan. Buffalo Wild Wings alleges that managers repeatedly made racist comments about African-American customers and let employees refuse service to them.

The plaintiffs lawyer, Gerald Gray, states that the reason white employees gave for not serving black customers was that “blacks dont give good tips.”

Garren Lovelace, who is black, had worked as a cook and kitchen trainer at Buffalo Wild Wings for more than a decade when he started noticing problems at the Overland Park location where he was based, according to a suit against Buffalo Wild Wings and its parent company, Inspire Brands, filed in federal court Monday.

Buffalo Wild Wings former cook claims racial discrimination against him and black customers

Gary Lovelace, a 55-year-old black man who worked as a cook at the restaurant for 12 years, was fired for reporting concerns about the discrimination he witnessed at the chain restaurant. Now, he is suing the company for fostering a “racially hostile work environment,” according to the Kansas City Star.

The suit said Lovelace was subjected to racial comments made by fellow employees, including an assistant general manager once introducing him as “the angry black man.” When Lovelace complained about the comments to his general manager, they were “dismissed as jokes” and no one was punished, according to the suit.

A new general manager was introduced to the store in late 2016 or early 2017, the lawsuit notes, which is when Lovelace claims the issues began. 

A Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said the company takes Lovelaces allegations “very seriously” and is conducting an internal investigation. “Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and we have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind,” the statement said.


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