Texas Roadhouse is an entertainment restaurant owned by Danny Sullivan. The owner has a reputation for firing employees that did not follow his strict policies regarding dress codes, racial slurs and sexual harassment. An attorney who was fired from the business claimed that he was discriminated against based on his race. Mr. Sullivan is denying the allegations, stating that there are no records of any complaints regarding his employment policy at this time. He also stated that he was unaware of any such policy until he was contacted by his current employee.
Mr. Sullivan owns and operates two restaurants, a Country Club and a Red Robin. He was forced to hire extra staff after he received complaints about some of the food being served to customers. Some of the customers complained about being served food that did not meet the required minimum standards according to Texas state law. Mr. Sullivan is offering a settlement to resolve this age discrimination lawsuit. This is the third legal case that has been settled out of Texas Roadhouse.
This is a story that I want to make personal. Last week, my friend called me complaining that she had been discriminated against when she went into the restaurant with her mother to get her mother a free meal. She told me that when she went in the drive-through she asked the serving manager if the food being served qualified as a free meal because her mom was over the age of sixty-three. She was given the response that the service manager would check with the employer and that they would let her know what the situation was. She left the drive-through and went to her job application online to complete her necessary documents to qualify for the free job.
She was shocked when she went back to the drive through and was told by the manager that she could not qualify because she was over the minimum age of sixty-three. My friend was devastated because she thought that the Texas roadhouse lawsuit would allow her to work as an hourly maid at the restaurant for as long as she pleased. The next logical step for her was to contact her employer and ask for a reasonable explanation as to the company’s reasoning for denying her the position as an hourly cook hourly. She also needed to know what type of documentation she needed to bring to the potential employer during the application process.
That’s where she discovered that the Restaurant and Bar Examining Department in the Lorain County Court house in Ohio did not have a list of qualified applicants that could be offered employment at the steakhouse chain restaurant in Lorain County. She informed the court that the Restaurant and Bar Examining Department offered her a job as a fry cook at another establishment but that she would have to provide him with a copy of her birth certificate in order to prove that she was indeed born in Ohio. She was disappointed because she felt like the lawsuit was designed to intimidate and discourage her from exercising her rights as an American citizen. She was willing to go to any length to ensure that her lawsuit was resolved properly. Her ultimate goal was to be re-employed as a fry cook at another establishment in another county.
A Kentucky-Based Restaurant chain that operates several restaurants in cities including Cleveland, Columbus and Louisville is facing a nationwide lawsuit that was initiated by one of its fried chicken franchisees. The owner of this chain has a personal webpage that is entitled “Texas Roadhouse.” On this page, the owner is posting videos of his cooking techniques and asking for applicants to apply for a fry cook position at this restaurant. Although the owner does not use the word “fry” on this page, it is readily apparent from the videos that the cooking techniques used in these videos are similar to those used at the Roadhouse Restaurant chain that he owns. The lawsuit that has been filed against this Kentucky-based restaurant chain operator claims that the owner used his personal website to engage in discrimination and harassment. If found guilty, the owner is facing a maximum fine of $6 million and potentially huge monetary losses as a result of the lawsuit.