“Making sure that all customers receive fair and equal treatment should be a priority for all businesses in New York,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.
New York, New York (PRWEB) September 22, 2011
A federal discrimination lawsuit (case number CV11-4398) was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court by two South Asian customers against Baluchi's Indian restaurant for tip discrimination in New York, according to the New York Daily News.
Abe Shah and Hemang Virani, who are of Pakistani and Indian descent respectively, claim they were charged a mandatory 18% gratuity because of their race at the Forest Hills, Queens branch of the Indian restaurant. Allegedly, Baluchi’s only imposed tips on the checks of customers of Southeast Asian descent.
According to the discrimination lawsuit in New York, a man identifying himself as a manager admitted "a policy of automatically including a gratuity on the bills if Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi customers because 'they never tip,'" reported the New York Daily News.
“If restaurant managers or employees are engaging in racial or ethnic discrimination in New York, either through unfair double standards or preferential treatment, these actions are illegal,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms. “Making sure that all customers receive fair and equal treatment should be a priority for all businesses in New York.”
Apparently, after seeing the surcharge and noticing it was added to their bill and not to the bills of other diners, Shah and Virani argued with Baluchi's employees. The two diners were then followed outside and punched and spit at by restaurant employees using “racial slurs” against the two men, according to the race discrimination lawsuit.
For the alleged ethnic discrimination, Shah and Virani are suing for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney's costs.
According to the New York discrimination lawsuit, the restaurant "maintain[s] an overtly discriminatory policy of charging a mandatory gratuity only to people of South Asian races and/or of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent."
“Ethnic discrimination is serious, illegal, and punishable by law. Racially charged behavior or treatment can be emotionally damaging for the target of the harassment and others,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer with over 30 years of experience assisting clients through discrimination cases.
If a person suspects that he or she has been treated unfairly because of his or her race and/or ethnicity, he or she should contact an experienced New York civil rights violation lawyer. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm are knowledgeable of New York state, New York City and federal legislation that protects people of all races, ethnicities, and color.
The expert civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm also handle all types of discrimination claims, including race discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, religious discrimination and disability discrimination.
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**** total potential payout
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