Panera Chain Kept Black Workers Away From Public: Suit

Law360, New York (January 12, 2012, 4:00 PM EST) -- One of the largest Panera Bread Co. franchisees was hit with a proposed race discrimination class action Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court alleging the restaurant chain forced black employees to work in the backs of restaurants and denied them rightfully earned promotions.

Lead plaintiff Guy Vines claims Covelli Enterprises had a companywide policy in place that “black, fat and/or ugly” employees were not allowed to work the cash registers or other jobs that required contact with customers.

In addition to segregating black employees from the public,...
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