More Allegations Against Cracker Barrel

Thursday, October 19, 2006

More Allegations Against Cracker Barrel

Rose Rock, the mother of comedian Chris Rock, claims she was recently the victim of racial discrimination at a Cracker Barrel restaurant along the South Carolina coast. Rock says she was seated but ignored for a half-hour.

This isn't the first time that Cracker Barrel has been the subject of discrimination or bias charges. Two years ago, the restaurant chain settled a federal lawsuit citing racial discrimination. The Justice Department said its investigation showed that Cracker Barrel segregated customers by race and allowed white servers to refuse to wait on African-American customers.

Worst of all, the investigation found that, in many cases, Cracker Barrel managers encouraged or participated in these bigoted practices.

Earlier this year, a lesbian in New Hampshire filed suit against the company, alleging that she was harrassed and groped by fellow employees. In the early 1990's, a memo written by a Cracker Barrel executive declared that managers should fire employees who did not "demonstrate normal heterosexual values."

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