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A restaurant was facing a lawsuit over calling police on Black people. Members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority took their complaint against the Bahama Breeze chain to court in Cleveland on Monday

The sorors, who are part of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, allege they were treated horribly when a Bahama Breeze manager called the cops to watch them pay for their meals at a restaurant location in Orange Village, a Cleveland suburb, on June 19. What happened to the women sparked concerns over the outrageous overreactions that prompt people to dial 911 on people of color while they are simply living their lives. The practice has become so rampant that Black politicians have now made it their business to propose legislation to stop it.

Monday’s lawsuit called more attention to the controversial practice, with 25 plaintiffs filing suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court against Bahama Breeze, which is part of the Florida-based Darden restaurants chain that includes Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse.

The women said a restaurant supervisor profiled them and lied to cops that the group threatened to dine and dash, according to the lawsuit. They were then humiliated while a manager demanded receipts before anyone was able to leave a private dining room after police officers arrived to the scene. The manager has since been fired.

The discrimination incident was far from the first one at Bahama Breeze. The restaurant agreed to pay $1.26 million and implement new policies to settle racial harassment claims brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of 37 African-American employees at a Beachwood location in 2009.

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Members of Delta Sigma Theta Suing Bahama Breeze For Discrimination was originally published on newsone.com

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3 thoughts on “Members of Delta Sigma Theta Suing Bahama Breeze For Discrimination

  1. blackrosesunset on said:

    I keep trying to tell people that racism is not dead and can only be dealt with by hurting the bottom line that these people know and love and that is MONEY. Only then we will see people hide their racist attitudes back under the rock they crawled out of.

  2. Cynthia Feaster on said:

    Oh please do sue Bahama Breeze restaurant Sisters. Why would these women go to a restaurant, order food, drinks and think they could just walk out without paying? The absurdity of this racist claim. I’m so glad that the Deltas are suing because hurting white racists in the “pocket” is the ONLY thing that they understand and even then, white people STILL get stuck on racist stupid. I hope they win this lawsuit and get a serious monetary settlement. But even if they do, the money won’t erase the pain, embarrassment and humiliation that they had to endure. White people are some racist fu*kers.

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