Daniel Beasley, a former African American employee of Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles, is a millionaire, but not really in the way he’d have liked to be. After all, he was awarded the cash from a jury after he sued his former employers for wrongfully firing him and for racially discriminating him.
Now, the restaurant chain should be the last place to find discrimination of any kind, especially against African Americans. After all, it’s a chain that mostly caters to people of color, and the owner himself is an African American. Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles even attracts its fair share of celebrities, from Larry King to Snoop Dogg. But, apparently, just because a place should be free from discrimination, it doesn’t mean it is.
In his lawsuit, Beasley claimed that the owner gave Hispanics preference over blacks. In fact, they had virtually all authority. Even their working schedules were more favorable.
As a result, Beasley was often harassed just for being black. Beasley went to HR and complained about this–he even complained to the owner. However, instead of addressing the issue, they fired him. Because of how unforgiving the economic climate is nowadays, Beasley was unable to land another job, and he ended up homeless.
This whole thing is depressing because it shows that even if a business is owned by blacks, it does not automatically mean any black employees will be immune to racism or other forms of discrimination. Most of them, in fact, use the same discriminatory policies as white-owned businesses. This just shows that all those brothers out there who are killing it in business are in it for themselves, not to empower their communities.
Employers of all races should hear about this lawsuit. The days of discriminating against your workers because of their race or gender should be long gone. Until employers become fair to everyone and truly offer equal opportunities to all, every act of discrimination should be met with a lawsuit.