McCormick & Schmick’s Restaurants Race Discrimination
Result: $2.1 million settlement
Wynne, et al. v. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. Race Discrimination Lawsuit
In August 2008, the Court granted final approval to a settlement valued at $2.1 million, including substantial injunctive relief, for a class of African-American restaurant-level hourly employees.
The consent decree created hiring benchmarks to increase the number of African Americans employed in front of the house jobs (e.g., server, bartender, host/hostess, waiter/waitress, and cocktail server), a registration of interest program to minimize discrimination in promotions, improved complaint procedures, and monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
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