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Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Alleges Sweetgreen Managers in New York Routinely Used N-Word

The food industry was recently rocked by a lawsuit alleging that managers at Sweetgreen restaurant in New York City used the ‘n-word’ and other racial slurs daily when referring to Black employees.

The lawsuit was filed by two Black Sweetgreen workers, Yaovi Mawuli and Ozime Holmes, who said they faced discrimination and mistreatment while working at the restaurant. According to the complaint, their managers would use the ‘n-word’ and other derogatory language in conversation with one another and when addressing Mawuli and Holmes. The lawsuit also alleges that the managers would order the employees to only train and work with white staff.

The complaint further describes the unnamed managers at the restaurant as creating a hostile and intimidating atmosphere in which the Black employees were called dumb and stupid and treated differently than their white co-workers. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York City federal court, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

The incident has caused outrage among the community and food industry, many of whom are calling for sweeping reforms and changes for workplace diversity. In response, Sweetgreen issued a statement saying that it cannot and will not tolerate discrimination and that it regrets the prevalence of such racism and intolerance. The company also revealed that it has hired an independent, third-party organization to investigate the situation further and examine its workplace practices.

It is clear from this lawsuit that discrimination is still pervasive in the workplace, and that companies must do more to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all employees. Sweetgreen’s quick action and investigations into this incident should show other employers that they need to take proactive steps to address issues of discrimination in their workplace.

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