A federal appeal court has evicted a lower court of law and restored a refusal made by a black Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. supervisor fired after complaining a black worker had been discriminated against.
However, the 6th US Court of Appeal Complaint in Cincinnati confirmed the dismissal of the supervisor's discrimination claim, according to judgment in Alashae Crawford v Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.
In March 2014, a short time before her dismissal, Crawford had complained to his manager at a restaurant in Cincinnati Chipotle that he intentionally disturbed a worker to get his salary back. The manager, who is Spanish-speaking, replied that Ms Crawford just defended the worker because she is black.
After her dismissal, Crawford left a suit against Newport Beach, California-based Chipotle in the US District Court of Cincinnati, charging discrimination and retaliation. The Court granted a summary judgment rejecting both charges.
Upon the reinstatement of the retaliation fee, a unanimous three-step court said: "A reasonable jury could conclude, considering this case, that Crawford engaged in the protected activity by protesting what she thought was a discriminatory refusal to give ( the worker) his back pay. "
The accusation" did not come out of the left field, "said the verdict. Ms Crawford "had previously approached (the boss) with complaints of racial favoritism and she specifically identified that the employee did not pay (the worker's) pay as the discriminatory practice."
However, the ruling confirmed the dismissal of Ms Crawford's discrimination fee, stating that she "had failed to constitute a prima facie case of racial discrimination".
The case has been invoked for further proceedings. Lawyers in the case could not immediately be reached for comments.
Earlier this month, a federal appeal court restored a former college teacher for the New York City's prosecution against the New York City Board of Education, but confirmed the dismissal of her age discrimination claim.