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Daniel Boulud

This is a settlement for the Discrimination lawsuit.

New York, NY: (Jul-31-07) A federal lawsuit was brought against Daniel Boulud, one of New York's most celebrated chefs, accusing him of discriminating against non-white employees. The plaintiffs, seven current and former employees from Latin America and Bangladesh, said the restaurant promoted white French workers ahead of non-white workers, even those who were more experienced. They also claimed Boulud and his top management used racist slurs. The charges against the chef have led to two years of demonstrations at his restaurant Daniel on the Upper East Side.

In a settlement reached, the restaurant will pay a total of $80,000 to eight plaintiffs. As part of the settlement, Boulud also agreed to set up standards and procedures for promotions, which are to be overseen by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state attorney general's office. Busboys and runners, who take dishes from the kitchen to the dining room, will get an 8% raises and managers will get training in racial sensitivity. [NEW YORK TIMES: RACIAL DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Aug-2-07


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