September 14, 2016 5:00 pm
A black Chipotle worker filed a lawsuit against the food chain claiming Latino co-workers got preferential treatment.
In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Sheqweshu Clark alleges racial discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation.
From CBS Los Angeles:
Her problems began after she returned from maternity leave last December, according to her lawsuit.
After a Latina was promoted to the new district manager position, she and two other Latino managers began giving Latino employees more favorable day shifts while assigning night duty to Clark and other black workers, the suit alleged.
When the plaintiff complained to a male Latino manager, he brushed her off and said “black girls always have an attitude,” the suit stated.
Clark said she went over her manager’s head, but the human resources department didn’t see a problem. Clark was later fired without explanation, according to the lawsuit.
There has long been tension between Latino workers, especially recent immigrants, and African-American workers.
In March of this year Peter Kirsanow, a commissioner on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, told a U.S. Senate panel that unskilled and illegal immigration disproportionately impacts African-Americans.
“Unequivocally, the wages and employment levels of black Americans are disproportionately adversely affect by illegal immigration. Particularly when it pertains to the effect on black males,” Kirsanow testified.