A white woman is suing after a black McDonald's employee would not give her an additional free order of biscuits when she complained about the quality of those she was given.
Amber Gilleylen of St. Louis, Mo., sued McDonald's employee Tonya Wesley, her manager Pardeep Roe, and M&M Management, the operator of the St. Ann, Mo., McDonald's franchise, where the incident occurred, for alleged "discrimination" on Monday.
The complaint claims that on Nov. 30, 2011, when Gilleylen complained about her food, Wesley said: "The white chick has a problem with her biscuits."
Wesley and her manager allegedly told Gilleylen that she could have her money back, but not another serving of food for free, according to the complaint, which doesn't specify what was wrong with Gilleylen's biscuits.
"Defendants refused to serve [Gilleylen] based on her color, race and sex," the complaint says. "Defendants denied [Gilleylen] full and equal use and enjoyment of a place of public accommodation based on her color, sex and race."
Gilleylen is not alone in perceiving discrimination. White people now believe they are the primary targets of racial discrimination in the U.S., according to a study released last year by researchers at Tufts University and Harvard Business School.
The complaint claims that Wesley "threatened [Gilleylen] with bodily harm," and that she caused Gilleylen to "suffer apprehension of offensive contact" and become "damaged in the form of emotional distress and humiliation." Overall, the complaint states, the defendants' actions were "outrageous" because of their "evil motive or reckless indifference to the rights of others."
Gilleylen filed a charge with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) in February, and MCHR gave her the right to sue for alleged discrimination in July, according to the complaint.
This isn't the first time a major fast food restaurant has been accused of racism. A Domino's Pizza delivery driver wrote the N-word and "DON'T TIP" on the receipt for the order delivered to a black North Carolina woman in 2010, according to WRAL. A recent lawsuit also alleges that In-N-Out Burger discriminates against blacks in its hiring process.
(Hat tip: Courthouse News Service.)
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