Court Denies Motion to Dismiss EEOC Race Discrimination Claim

  19 September 2014

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a race discrimination claim filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Rosebud Restaurants. In its complaint, the EEOC charged that the Chicago-area Italian restaurant chain refused to hire African-Americans because of their race.

The company's motion to dismiss argued that the EEOC's complaint should be dismissed because it did not identify the victims of the alleged hiring discrimination. The court rejected that argument, concluding that the EEOC's "allegations of intentional discrimination are sufficient to state a claim for Title VII relief  . . . even in the absence of the identification of an individual job applicant who was rejected because of his race." Read more here.