Suit: Rosebud Restaurants Not Hiring Black Workers

Tisha Lewis, My Fox Chicago, September 17, 2013

One of the city’s top fine dining restaurant groups is doing damage control after a federal agency filed a lawsuit accusing the company of failing to hire African-Americans.

Rosebud’s restaurant group runs ten restaurants including two steakhouses and eight white tablecloth restaurants.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit after eight months of federal investigators trying to persuade the Rosebud restaurant group to follow the law. Investigators say since 2009, the Rosebud restaurant group has failed to hire qualified African-Americans at its locations in the city and suburbs.


Furthermore, Trial Attorney Ann Henry says Rosebud failed to keep applications for at least a year. As a result, the federal agency says few, if any, of the company’s 900-plus employees are African American.

“It is absolutely illegal under federal law to make hiring decisions based on race. . . . The people that we’re seeking relief for are African American applicants who were qualified and were not hired to work at Rosebud,” said Henry in an interview with Fox 32’s Tisha Lewis.

On Wednesday night, on its Twitter page, the restaurant group made no mention of the impending lawsuit but they did send Fox 32 News a statement saying:

“For more than thirty-five years, Rosebud Restaurants has proudly served the Chicagoland community with more than 900 current employees. We consider it our mission to treat our employees as family–with honesty and respect–and we are proud of our employment record and the diversity of our workforce. We have not, do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any type toward employees or applicants. For that reason, we take very seriously the claims asserted by the U .S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and remain confident that this process will confirm that we operate with integrity and conduct business in an ethical and legal manner.”

At the heart of the investigation are qualified African-Americans who applied for positions as servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff. The federal agency says it’s asking for a permanent injunction to prevent Rosebud from discriminating, ordering the restaurant group to provide equal employment opportunities for African-Americans and provide appropriate back pay with interest to a specified group of African-Americans.

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  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    When is this nonsense going to stop. I spoke to a business owner recently and she bemoaned the fact Blacks are unprepared to enter the work force, they lack basic skills, don’t understand common manners and are undisciplined. I paid little attention to this until I walked through the Atlanta airport. The majority of workers there are Black and they seem rude and unconcerned. Or, am i imagining this?

    • FormerlyEdNY

      I was recently at the Atlanta airport. I got bumped from my flight and had an eleven hour layover. I was hungry but every food establishment was staffed by rude blacks, not a White food worker in sight. I got by with candy from a kiosk. BTW, you are not imagining it, they were all rude and unconcerned.

      • disqus_irCdmAu8It

        Thanks. I didnt want to sound like a bigot, and hadnt really noticed it before. Is it because I am white?

        • FormerlyEdNY

          Possibly but blacks are pretty consistent with their behavior wherever they congregate in this world.

          • mgs166

            Correct. They pretty much have a “hive” mentality and they are hard wired with it from the get-go.

        • Sick of it

          They tend to be rude. I grew up around them, so don’t expect miracles.

      • Erasmus

        I helped pay my why through college by waiting tables. No one wanted to wait on blacks. They demanded everything and then didn’t leave squat at the end. I guess they were all getting back at us because their great-great-granddaddies had all been slaves when ours were peasants back in the old country.

        • BonusGift

          It’s not just food service it’s universal to any business that encounters them. My mother sold shoes and would literally wince at the thought of serving blacks. It’s ironic that they go on and on about ‘respect’ or being ‘disrespected’ yet it’s all projection. They are the world champions of ‘disrespect’ to anyone they slightly imagine might have to serve them in some way. This is in part why our ancestors universally knew, or at least acknowledged, that whites (actually any moderately civilized group) could never live to cheek to jowl with the knee-grow. Thus, being hellish customers is only a symptom of a much worse malady (i.e., being essentially cruel, selfish, and generally mean spirited in their actions and overall demeanor).

          • Erasmus

            Their “gibsmedat” attitude permeates into their interpersonal interactions.

          • [Guest]

            I’ve seen it in every work setting that includes blacks. They are less able than average (and are oftentimes totally inept), and you can depend upon their being arrogant, rude, surly, and demanding. If anyone dares object to their performance or attitude. they respond with accusations of racism.

            In one office I know about, the biggest challenge has been to get the required jobs done while at the same time working around one incompetent and proud black woman who was plugged into a management position several years ago.

            Both internal staff and outside vendors do whatever they can to avoid dealing with her. She does nothing productive. White coworkers cover for her. The staff reporting to her has dwindled to—I kid you not—zero. But she has the title, the office, the pay and perks of management—all because she’s black and proud.

          • BonusGift

            What you described reminds me of Barry Soetoro’s heifer of a pretend wife, and, of course, the limp wristed Barry herself as well. Imagine having to work with Moochelle or Barry in almost any work setting.

          • [Guest]

            Here’s something along those lines that I just came across:

            …White House staffers have adopted a new and unflattering nickname for their boss: “Obam-me,” Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan says she heard in chats with a few senators.

            And how did the staffers come up with that name?

            “Because it’s all about him and his big thoughts,” Noonan writes in a column. “I guess the second-term team is not quite as adoring as the first.”

          • Sick of it

            It’s pretty bad when outside vendors make an effort to avoid management. You’re lucky they didn’t decide to do business elsewhere.

          • [Guest]

            The employer of the black in question is a large private company that depends heavily upon government contract work. No doubt, this proud black woman helps fulfill the “diversity” requirements that the government imposes on contractors. She’s also appeared in company publications as representative of blacks in management. She’s virtually guaranteed of a plum job till she “gets her points in.” It’s all a total fraud.

            I also once worked with a black woman who, after incessant complaining, received a promotion. Within weeks her incompetence could no longer be ignored. She started complaining of racism and took to wearing “traditional” garb, including a bright turban-looking thing of cheap cloth on her head. One day she stormed out of the office claiming she was going to join the Peace Corps and go to Africa.

            Good riddance!

          • lorde faptaguise

            all of you are white trash idiots. do you it is a fact that there are more white people on welfare & food stamps than black people. you shiuld throw knives at each other.

      • Chicago Midway should be your next vacation experience.

      • bilderbuster

        They have a captive group of hungry people so why should they care?

      • Lee_CPA

        All of the vendors at the Atlanta airport are minority owned contractors. Whites need not apply. Also, the airport is smack dab in the most undesirable part of Atlanta. The combination of black run businesses hiring low wage, low skilled help from a 99% black work force population leads to the situation you described.

        • kenfrombayside

          Once again, eat b4 you go to the airport or bring your own food.

          • On any reasonably long trip via public transportation, I always bring three sandwiches, chips, mixed dried fruit or pistachio nuts, a hip flask of whiskey and a 16-oz bottle of home-brewed iced tea. Sometimes one gets delayed, or the bus breaks down, etc.

            I was once stuck on a broken-down Greyhound for six hours, and it sure was nice to eat and have a real drink while everyone else was fidgeting, hungry and irritable. The Mormon gal sitting next to me didn’t want any whiskey, but she was happy for the sandwich I gave her. She also thought my slowly getting loaded while everyone else grew angrier was pretty funny. I’ve noticed that if one makes the sandwiches using pita bread or soft tortillas, they travel better, as they’re relatively crush-proof.

            If I’m stuck at a transit station for a long layover, I can buy juice from the vending machines and pour some whiskey into that. Don’t leave home without it! I don’t suppose TSA allows plastic hip flasks on airliners these days. We never get to have fun anymore!

          • TSA = black employment agency, hence whites get harassed.

          • TSA had a convicted white child-molester working as an airport passenger-screener here in C.S. for an entire year (Dec. 2004 to Dec. 2005) before they bothered to run a background check on him. Since he was also a methamphetamines user at the time, it is also obvious that they never subjected him to any drug tests.

            Sounds exactly like an agency run by blacks, for blacks.

        • eavesmac

          Thats an easy one to fix. Fly United, who’s headquarters is in Houston.

        • Yale2001

          This would explain a lot. Hate going through that airport.

      • kenfrombayside

        When I travel, I take my own food to avoid high prices and hostile employees. Always have several nutrition bars.

    • [Guest]

      It sounds as if you’re applying white standards, which call for things such as basic work skills, discipline, and good manners, to blacks, who hold different standards. The darkening of countries founded and built by white people will necessarily be accompanied by drastic lowering of standards. In a nutshell, civilization will have to be redefined downwards.

      • T_Losan

        grade inflation, dumbing down of employment tests because of “disparate impact,”…Ryanair’s business model basically penalizes not being intelligent enough to navigate all the fines and hidden costs.

    • RaymondWalnuts

      I concur. Rude as ever! I pass through there quite frequently. Travel makes me see red as it is and this airport doesn’t help.

  • “Fine dining.”

    And you wonder why they’re not hiring blacks. I guess all the young homosexual black men who want to be upscale waiters are already waiters.

    Awaiting angry response from “Gay Black Man” in 3, 2, 1…

  • D.B. Cooper

    If you live near a Rosebud, you should patronize it. Once it becomes diverse with black employees, simply stop going.
    Why aren’t they going after all of these Chinese or Mexican restaurants?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Because they already have the requisite diversity. To the ruling elite, a restaurant with 100% Chinese or Mexican workers is 100% diverse and thus a-ok.

      • willbest

        Most Chinese restaurants have Asians in front and Mexicans in back. The EEOC could have a field day in those places if it felt like enforcing the law in a neutral manner.

    • Right down the street from me.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    “It is absolutely illegal under federal law to make hiring decisions based on race.”

    So how do they explain affirmative action?

    • FormerlyEdNY

      Hypocrisy! Government sanctioned discrimination against Whites.

    • Actually, any business with less than 50 employees can refuse to hire applicants for whatever reason or non-reason they like.

      • Lee_CPA

        Yes, but the article says the chain has 900 employees. I guess you could set each restaurant up as an independent LLC, not sure if they would be subject to roll-up provisions under the law.

        • Sick of it

          Most restaurant chains are comprised of franchisees, which should make this a non-issue. Obviously I know nothing about restaurants for the rich.

    • MekongDelta69

      What it READS:
      “It is absolutely illegal under federal law to make hiring decisions based on race.”

      What it REALLY means:
      “It is absolutely illegal under federal law to hire a White person, if ANY black person wants the job, whether they are qualified or not.”

    • Erasmus

      “It is absolutely illegal under federal law to make hiring decisions based on race.”

      Then why are employees of the federal government disproportionately black? Isn’t it about time to go after them?

      I’ll wager if government bureaucracies were a lot less “diverse”, they’d be a lot more efficient and cost-effective.

      • mgs166

        “I’ll wager if government bureaucracies were a lot less “diverse”, they’d be a lot more efficient and cost-effective.”
        That statement is 100% correct.

      • William Krapek

        We also need to go after the banking and entertainment industry. It’s clearly dominated by “special” whites at the expense of “regular” whites. And their half-assed products are really wearing thin with me.

      • cablegirls

        Federal govt is 20% black. Population is 13%. Making this further disproportionate, far fewer blacks have prerequisite background.

    • sbuffalonative

      The EEOC pot calling the kettle black.

    • SFLBIB

      The New York Times provides the answer:

      “Any affirmative action program that doesn’t take race into account is worthless.” – The New York Times referring to the University of Michigan’s Affirmative Action program.

      “Our affirmative action program doesn’t take race into account.” – The New York Times referring to its own
      Affirmative Action program that hired and promoted reporter Jayson Blair.

    • Lee_CPA

      Answer: They can’t defend affirmative action, but will call you a racist for pointing out the their illogic.

    • cablegirls

      Exactly. Thank you.


    “We have not, do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any type toward employees or applicants.”

    Then how does Rosebud decide who to hire and who not to hire, if they don’t discriminate? How does Rosebud decide who to promote and who not to promote, if they don’t discriminate? How does Rosebud decide who to give a bonus to and who not give a bonus to, if they don’t discriminate?

    Discrimination is not only legal but desirable in most cases. In some cases, it is even MANDATORY. You simply cannot get through the day without discriminating.

    • BonusGift

      Bingo, we have a winner. We are living in an upside down world where those in control must legislate that which is unnatural and prima facie absurd.

    • cablegirls

      EEOC says there are blacks qualified to work at Rosebuds. How does the EEOC measure personality and social grace, which are certainly key requirements for front of the house at a fine dining restaurant?

      • SFLBIB

        I don’t know, but however they do it, they will have to discriminate.

  • MekongDelta69

    …and provide appropriate back pay with interest to a specified group of African-Americans.

    Well, of COURSE. What’s a ‘good’ black lawsuit shakedown without repamahrayshuns?

    • cablegirls

      Yeah, no kiddin.

  • If I was going to shell out for a meal at a five-star restaurant, the last thing I would want is to be served by a black or brown. In fact, I would get up and leave without ordering.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      I did that once when an African “dentist” came in to examine me. I cursed out the staff for daring to put me in the hands of a “savage” and left. Sure glad I never heard from the German diversity police after that one. . .

      • kenfrombayside

        About ten years ago, I went to my local urgent care center because of a painful gallbladder attack. I was attended by a foreign black dr who was dismissive and gave me a spoonful of Maalox. The next time I went to the ER at a large teaching hospital where I got morphine and ct scans. Plus, I picked a white American to have my surgery.

        • Sick of it

          Indian doctors have a tendency to tell you everything is fine and it’s all in your head, when it obviously isn’t.

      • I saw a rather prominent black female dermatologist once — didn’t know she was black until I got there. She looked at a spot told me it was not cancerous, then tried to bill BCBS for a biopsy. She is nothing more than a thief, like they all are.

  • Erasmus

    They run fine dining establishments for pity’s sake. No one wants to see Rachel Jeantel waddling up to their table and popping her chew-gum while she takes their order.

    • MekongDelta69

      Would she write the order on her pad in cursive?!

      [Oh God help me. My inner ‘intolerance’ leaked through for a split second. Wait. I have the usual, standard, groveling apology, all ready to go: “I sincerely apologize to those I may have deeply offended. In no way did I mean to…” – Ahh, you know the rest.]

      • She can’t read cursive, but I out of boredom in college I taught myself to write it backwards. Haven’t done it in a while, but think I still could.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Your government does. On a lighter note I wonder whether Rachel will become a fire fighter or cop

    • willbest

      Ever eat at a fancy restaurant? The wait staff is damn near ninja like in their ability to react to their patrons without interfering with the dining experience.

      • Indeed; quite a bit of what one is paying for is the atmosphere and service. Normal whites, however want to be away from blacks, rather than pay extra to be around them. It’s that “atmosphere” thing again. Liberal whites, probably even Tim Wise or Dianne Feinstein do not want their food spat in, although I have suspicions about Charles Schumer in this respect.

    • CharlesFinley

      “Awww, dis crackuh here…whatchoo want fo’ yo’ dessert…SIRRRR?!”

    • mgs166

      She would ride an electric scooter up to the table to take your order.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Your giving them ideas ,Now you will wish you hadnt

        • mgs166

          I know. I regret it already.

  • Spartacus

    To be clear – I would never, EVER, eat in a restaurant that has even 1(one) black employee. If your restaurant has one, then you fire him, then call a Romanian Orthodox Priest to exorcise the place, then 1 year later I MIGHT come, if the food is good. Otherwise – never.

    • Luca

      I don’t even like dealing with them on the phone and usually asked to speak to a manager. I just can’t deal with those Rachel Jeantel types.

      A “black service rep” is an oxymoron.

      • I prefer service reps in India to black ones here. At least I can understand what the Indians are saying, they’re actually knowledgeable and on the ball, and I can avoid laughing when a subcontinental tells me his name is “Howard” much more easily than I can when another “American” informs me his name be “LaShawn”.

        • Luca

          I prefer American service reps. Because of that I will never by HP products again nor will I call an 800 number to reserve a hotel room. I call the hotel direct.

        • I agree, I prefer the Indian “Howard” or “Anita” to Shitavious or Aquanetta (these are real names, look them up).

      • Sick of it

        Those you speak with on the phone almost always refuse to do their job in appropriate fashion. I’ve spoken with Indians in India who did a much better job, though it’s hard to understand them at times.

      • Yale2001

        Yep. Don’t you just cringe when you call any service dept and need a quick legitimate answer and “LaQuisha” answers. You just know this is going to be a loooooooong call.

    • I was visiting my sister one day riding in a car with my mom. I was starving. I saw a fast food joint in an area that was staffed by only Whites because of location, with mostly retired White women at the counter. I made my mom stop even though my sister “had lunch ready”. I wanted some tasty garbage food from a restaurant I could trust.

  • bigone4u

    Qualified blacks? Is there really such a thing? I don’t think so. Most blacks have the smarts and the people skills to clean tables and take out the garbage. That’s it. I don’t want blacks spitting in my food and neither does anyone else.

    • Erasmus

      I don’t want blacks spitting in my food and neither does anyone else.

      That was all I needed to know about Reverent Jack$on to know he was a pimp.

    • willbest

      I suspect any black qualified to waiter at a white cloth restaurant has probably been hired into a much nicer position by some other company looking for an AA shield to protect them against the EEOC

    • CharlesFinley

      “Aw, I ain’t gon’ be dumpin’ no TRASH, now…you trippin’.”

    • shmo123

      Upscale restaurants know that it’s not just the food they’re being judged on, but on the quality of the service. Going to a steak house in a big city for example, can cost big bucks, and most people, expect good, attentive, yet unobtrusive service. Whites are better at it, the must be or they wouldn’t keep their jobs; I’ve never had a black waiter at such an establishment. A top waiter in NYC can make 100k a year, and you have to be more than a hash slinger to do it. It takes finesse, attentiveness, timing and intuition, and not least knowledge of the food you’re serving.

      • William Krapek

        Brains. It takes brains.

        And you have to pay attention to what you’re doing.

  • WmarkW

    Could you give us the address of these establishments, please.
    I’m a diner of discriminating taste.

  • Whitetrashgang

    No wonder she goes there. Why don’t blacks start their own restaurant chain and only hire blacks. They could call it the black hole.

    • Erasmus

      And if it’s an Indian restaurant, they can call it “The Black Hole of Calcutta”.

      • mgs166

        After that they will call it “Closed.”

  • willbest

    The irony here is the EEOC statement requires that Rosebud discriminate against non blacks which would violate the actual statement they issued.

  • Luca

    The Government tells a business who it must hire based on race. They tell landlords who they must rent to. They tell cities and counties who to award contracts to. They tell homeowners what kind of light bulbs to buy, they tell gun owners what type and size guns they can buy, what size soda can be sold, and which shopping bag you can use.

    Does anyone remember a place called “The Land of the Free” ?

    • Stick a fork in that one. It’s done.

    • haroldcrews

      I’m 44 so no, I have no memory of living in ‘The Land of the Free’.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    When is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission going to file a lawsuit against the NBA for their blatant discrimination of Asians Whites and Hispanics?

  • So CAL Snowman

    “It is absolutely illegal under federal law to make hiring decisions based on race. . . . The people that we’re seeking relief for are African American applicants who were qualified and were not hired to work at Rosebud,” said Henry in an interview with Fox 32′s Tisha Lewis.”

    So every single “qualified” black that applies for a job in america must be given that job or else? Sounds about right to me. That’s freedom to liberals and blacks.

  • Easyrhino1

    Blame Jesse Jackson: “[Spitting into the food of white customers at a hotel in Greenville, South Carolina] gave me a psychological gratification.”

    Do they seriously think Whites want to get served by blacks in a restaurant?

    • Sloppo

      Probably not many whites who know about that quote want black servers.

  • Sincerely, Tisha Lewis, ~ Negro

  • Bobbala

    If one person gets to be free, everyone will want it too.

  • Extropico

    Freedom of association, bitchez. Bring it back! This open borders ideology when combined with forced diversity is an Orwellian hellhole.

  • LesBaer1911

    Blacks of Africa make terrible servers. And with their hostile attitudes, I would not
    want to eat any of the food they prepare or are near. Recall an employee of a Hardie’s
    who had AIDS; he was caught ejaculating into a mayonnaise jar. ( I worked for the
    health dept in the area)

    • Sick of it

      There was an incident at a local Taco Bell which was similar, but he did not have AIDS.

      • LesBaer1911

        I worked an oncology ward with several AIDS pts with a secondary diag
        of CA. The blacks of Africa pts were the worst – they would try and
        bite the staff, spit on staff to try and give the disease to Whites- very combative. True savages.

        • IstvanIN

          What is CA?

          • LesBaer1911


          • IstvanIN

            So the Africans would try to attack the people who were trying to take care of them? How backward. I have been in the hospital a couple of times in my life and I was always nice to the nurses. I would even let the student nurses check my vitals, it wasn’t like I was going anywhere!

          • cablegirls

            Jeez, Les, type four more letters. 🙂

  • 1proactive2

    This is the new America, folks. The government decides who you will hire. Pathetic.

  • Ella

    Since 49% of Blacks are obese, this would not reflect well for high-class dining establishments with white table cloths and darkened lighting for ambiance. I have rarely seen Blacks work in upscale restaurants. If they hire any Blacks as bus boys, this would be racist. (sarcasm) To mention, a few New Orleans chefs are Black and can smoke the meats to perfection like Cajun Andouille sausage and of course, BBQ.

    Does anyone know the legal number of employees (50?) when the govt. requires you to diversify your employees to reflect community stats?

  • George

    Just a friendly reminder to the EEOC:

    In the November, 1969, a certain black man by the name of Jesse Jackson, who just happened to be a waiter at the time, was quoted as saying ‘(Spitting into the food of white customers at a hotel in Greenville, South Carolina) gave me a psychological gratification’.
    Yes, it’s that one. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, contender for the 1984 Democratic Party Presidential nomination and father of convicted (former) Congressman Jesse Jr.
    If such a fine, upstanding, notable worthy as Rev. Jackson can give in to such temptation, is there any wonder upscale restaurants find that members of the black community truly are unqualified to wait tables?

  • Being down-voted here over and over still won’t make us accept a black server. Deal with it.

  • kris

    When was the last time you were served by a black waitress? Anyone? Anyone?

    There’s a reason for this. People do not like to be served food by a black person. They just don’t. Don’t know why, but that’s how it is.

    • Luca

      I am getting a visual picture of a Rachel Jeantel type shuffling up to my table smacking chewing gum and saying, “What chu yall want?”. Then when we mention a few items, she rolls her eyes, gets exasperated throws us the pad and pencil and says, “Yall talkin too fast, write down what chu want, gnome I’m sayne? I be back later,oh-ka-a-ay?”

      This is a reason and not a very far-fetched one either.

      • capnmorgan5150

        I’m actually picturing Shirley Hemphill from What’s Happening.

      • Write your order down in cursive.

        • MBlanc46

          That’s cruel.

      • Sloppo

        She’d be a good waitress for someone on a weight loss program because she could make you lose your appetite.

    • Sick of it

      I’ve known one who was good. The rest were terrible.

    • MBlanc46

      Waiting tables is not an easy job. It’s fast-paced and you have to keep your head in the game. You have to be able to take some guff from customers and keep your cool. These are not characteristics that are associated with Afro-Americans.

  • Diversity Fatigue

    Black privilege rears its ugly head again. Affirmative action, contract set-asides, the lowering of employment and educational standards, unqualified lending practices, and a now aggressive EEOC as mandated by Barry and his side-kick Eric.

  • haroldcrews

    Damned if you do hire Blacks for servile positions and damned if you don’t. There’s no pleasing them so don’t even bother to try.

  • Joe Sewell

    I’m in Chicagoland often and can truthfully say my worst experience with negroes in the area was at the Midway Airport Car Rental Complex. No customer service skills whatsoever. These people were clearly ‘quota hires’.

    • The last car rental I did at Midway the girl took me out to the lot and was pointing at my possible car, a Dodge “Cruz”. I saw nothing but Chevrolets. She was personable, but she didn’t have a clue what she was renting out.

  • Neuday

    The one black who might make a decent waiter we hired to be President.

    • capnmorgan5150

      Being a waiter would be more his speed.

      • Railway baggage porter. Or shoe-shine boy.

        • IstvanIN

          You want your baggage lost or stolen?

      • kenfrombayside

        Google Larry Sinclair.

        • Larry and Obama weren’t waiters or cooks at Rosebud, they just liked to smoke each others bones while doing crack.

      • IstvanIN

        Waiter is a hard job, Barry has never actually worked.

    • After listening to Reverend Wright’s vitriolic sermons, he’d still be spitting in people’s food.

  • PouponMarks

    Have any Black businesses been so charged when the proportion of Whites in the company does not reflect their percentage of the general population?

    About this restaurant. What if, say, 100 Black applicants came in for interviews or to apply. And what if-not too much out of the realm of probabilities-all of them were below the threshold of the standards of the restaurant, e.g., poor or slovenly appearance, sub standard language skee-ills, inappropriate attitude or affect, history of arrests, etc.? Would that be justified as “discrimination”?

    My take: it’s “discrimination” indeed. Discrimination against hiring inferior employees, who are likely to steal, stall, work as though they are doing you a favor, or doing just enough to get by and oozing resentment at being underpaid.

  • capnmorgan5150

    So you’re saying they’re about three fifths of a normal worker? Sounds about right.

    • Sick of it

      More like 1/3 in most cases.

  • Sick of it

    Example – Taco Bell. It isn’t always sour cream.

  • IstvanIN

    Amazing how many people have such little interaction with blacks these days (I am referring to the pro-black/anti-racist commentators).

  • kenfrombayside

    Most of new foreign migrants live in and around black areas. They are learning about their new land the hard way. A well educated Indian said the only thing wrong with America is blacks. A Latino said he can’t stand livingvwithnthem.

  • MBlanc46

    I wouldn’t call the Rosebud restaurants “top fine-dining” establishments (not that the wife and I often frequent such places), although the one we’ve eaten at isn’t bad. I must say that in most of the places that we do frequent, black staff are rare (unless they’re well out of sight in the kitchen). Being pretty familiar with Chicago-area blacks, I doubt that most of them have the personal skills to work front of house and probably not the fast-paced environment of the kitchen, either.

    • One isn’t going to get “perfect” out of a chain. The two best meals of my life were in chronological order: (1) a Thanksgiving with my mother and her friends, a married couple who were both gourmet cooks, and (2) dinner out at a small Japanese family restaurant in Saitama in 1994 that was similarly amazing. A dinner I was treated to by the same Japanese company in the Sydney Sky Tower in 1998 ranks as number 3.

      • MBlanc46

        The only Rosebud I’ve eaten is wasn’t bad. Perhaps they have a higher-end restaurant than that one, but none of them are at the level of Alinea or Everest. It’s not a major point, but it does cast a bit of doubt on the authority of writer.

        • Never ate ate Everest or Alinea, but you are correct, there are much better restaurants in Chicago.

          • MBlanc46

            Nor us. Once a year or so we hit a $100 a person restaurant, the the $300-400 a head are beyond our means.

  • eavesmac

    Disrespectful, dishonest, slow, constant texting, lying, the list goes on…….

  • Yale2001

    They simply “get it”. If you are going to receive top notch service it is generally from a white male/female. There is just less effort/concern from blacks. I don’t care were you are getting service from. I believe it’s mostly cultural. There mannerisms, effort, eagerness to serve and make a professional impression is simply lower. Anytime I go into a business and need REAL help, I hate to see a black behind the counter. I simply know it’s going to be a lot more difficult than necessary. This company realizes this, but they are being called out now, so they will not be quite as good as they once were.

  • Yale2001

    Actually, several actors have admitted the same thing. Yet another reason to cringe when they are serving you.

  • cablegirls

    I lived on the Upper West Side in the mid-eighties, shopped for food at the closest grocery store, a Red Apple. Almost all the cashiers were young black women.

    I would say “thank you” in a nice way, every time. And always, without exception, these girls would just look straight ahead, over their registers, and say nothing.

    I said “thank you” for three years — I stick to my own standards — and literally never received a word or a smile back from any of these black cashiers. May sound like I’m exagerrating; I’m not.

    The post office… don’t get me started.