Former Cincinnati Buffalo Wild Wings employee files lawsuit against the chain

Former Cincinnati Buffalo Wild Wings employee files lawsuit against the chain

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former Buffalo Wild Wings employee filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the restaurant chain, alleging racial discrimination.

The Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Forest Park -- again the center of the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday, a African-American woman claims that beginning in 2012 she was subjected to racist jokes and comments, harassed by a member of the restaurant's management and was fired because she complained.

According to court documents, during staff meetings an assistant manager repeatedly told an offensive, sexually charged joke that involved a pregnant African American woman and a chicken wing.

The lawsuit also alleges the restaurant management team posted a photo of food items standing in a police line-up with a turkey wearing a shirt that read "I'm with stupid." The food items were labeled with employee names, some of them black workers.

This the second lawsuit filed against the company by Cincinnati-area workers.

In a story FOX19 NOW Investigates was first to report last year, two Cincinnati women filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Buffalo Wild Wings in July of 2014 claiming they were victims of racial discrimination while employees at the Forest Park restaurant location.

According to the federal filing, the African American women were seeking monetary damages in excess of $75,000 for lost wages and emotional distress.

The lawsuit was settled out of court back in February. The terms were not disclosed.

Buffalo Wild Wings sent a statement saying:

"Buffalo Wild Wings takes allegations of employment discrimination seriously but, as a matter of policy, does not otherwise comment on pending litigation."

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