According to the EEOC, Rosebud “violated federal civil rights laws by refusing to hire African-Americans in numerous Chicago-area locations because of their race.”
Company managers, including Rosebud owner Alex Dana, “indicated that they preferred not to hire African-Americans to work in the company’s restaurants,” the agency said in a statement. Mr. Dana and other managers also “used racial slurs to refer to blacks.”
The EEOC says Rosebud “failed to maintain employment applications for a one-year period and to file required employer information reports with the EEOC prior to 2009, in violation of federal regulations.”
The suit seeks back pay for the employees plus compensation for the black applicants who were not hired. It also seeks an injunction barring future discrimination and “other relief to prevent future discrimination.”
Rosebud restaurants named in the suit are Carmine’s, the Rosebud, Rosebud Prime, Rosebud on Rush, Rosebud Old World Italian, Rosebud Steakhouse, Rosebud Deerfield, Rosebud Theater District, Rosebud Italian Specialties & Pizzeria, Ristorante Centro (formerly known as EATT and Bar Umbriago) and the recently closed Rosebud of Highland Park, Rosebud Burger & Comfort Foods and Rosebud Trattoria.
Media relations representatives for Rosebud did not immediately respond when contacted after business hours today, and Rosebud corporate offices were closed.
Rosebud issued a statement to the Sun-Times, in which it denies the allegations. The statement said, in part, “We have not, do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any type toward employees or applicants.”
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