P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. accused of racial discrimination

By The Florida Record | May 23, 2016

MIAMI – An African-Caribbean male alleges a restaurant discriminated against him because of his race.

Kareem Williams filed a complaint on April 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. alleging race discrimination.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he met the requirements to take the tests for advancement for cooks at the Sawgrass Mills location, and he took it in October 2015. His manager allegedly told him that she had lost the test and thus she had not graded it. On approximately five occasions, the suit states he asked her to print out another test so that he could retake it. His requests were allegedly ignored.

As a direct and proximate result, he claims he has sustained and is currently sustaining economic and non-economic losses including, but not limited to, loss of income, emotional pain and suffering, humiliation, shame and mental anguish. The plaintiff holds P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly treated him differently on account of his race and denied him promotional opportunities regularly given to Caucasians.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks declaration the defendant is engaged in unlawful and discriminatory practices, judgment for damages, an award of back pay and front pay, attorneys’ fees, costs and interest and such other and further relief as may be deemed just and proper. He is represented by G. Ware Cornell Jr. of Cornell and Associates PA in Weston.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:16-cv-60906

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