The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Rosebud Restaurant Group for racial discrimination.
The agency said they did an investigation, which revealed that several of Rosebud’s managers preferred not to hire African American employees.
That includes the company’s founder and owner Alex Dana. They also found that some managers used racial slurs.
The suit claims a number of Chicago area restaurants operated by Rosebud are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for failing or refusing to hire African Americans based on their race. The agency is seeking back pay and punitive damages for an unspecified number of applicants who were denied employment.
In a statement to the Tribune, Rosebud said they are proud of the company’s employment record and the diversity of its work force.
Rosebud Restaurant group owns 10 restaurants in the Chicago area.