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Drive Through Discrimination

Edwardsville, IL: (Jan-15-08) Norieko Johnson of Edwardsville and Vanessa Hill of Alton, two black women, brought a lawsuit against Jack-in-the Box, a restaurant, alleging that a worker screamed racial insults at them during a visit there four years ago. The suit stated that the incident occurred around 6:30 pm on Feb. 25, 2004, at the restaurant on Troy Road. Workers told investigators that at the time of the incident, drivers had been backed up around the building waiting to pick up their orders at the drive-up window. Johnson, who was driving, became incensed after she placed an order at the drive-thru and had to wait 10 to 13 minutes for her food. Hill told investigators that she noticed an employee touch the French fries with his hands and that it was not acceptable behavior. Johnson refused her food order and was refunded her money.

Johnson and Hill claim that they suffered severe emotional distress from the humiliation and from the fact that they could not be served at a place of public accommodation due to their race. As part of a settlement reached, sources stated that the restaurant agreed to resolve the lawsuit with an undisclosed payout. [EDWARDSVILLE INTELIGENCER: RACIAL DISCRIMINATION]

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Published on Jan-17-08


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