Lawsuit Alleges Manhattan TGI Friday’s Restaurant Fired Black Workers, Hired New “Light-Skinned” Employees

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TGI Fridays Restaurant

A number of black employees who previously worked at a Manhattan TGI Friday’s are suing the chain, alleging that when the busy outpost closed, managers hired an all-new, light-skinned staff to take their place.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in the Bronx Supreme Court, only one of the former black staff members was rehired when the restaurant moved to the new location just a block away. The suit also alleges that when confronted by former employees about the change, a restaurant manager told one of them that he “preferred Hispanic staffers because they work harder.”

In fact, managers would refer to the old location as “the black Friday’s” or the “ghetto store,” the suit says.

From the NY Daily News:

“It was their opinion that black people were lazy,” charged plaintiff Lisa Baker, 48, a waitress who says her old manager told her that her job serving…

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