Bahama Breeze Reaches Settlement with Black Sorority Members Who Were Racially Profiled at Cleveland Area Restaurant

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COURTESY OF DARDEN RESTAURANTS
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Members of an African-American sorority who filed suit against Bahama Breeze last year after being racially profiled at the Orange location have reached a settlement with the restaurant.

Terms were not disclosed but the settlement includes not only financial payouts but moves by the chain to "enhance Bahama Breeze's existing diversity training curriculum," according to a release from the Chandra Law Firm, which represented the women.

A refresher for how this came to be: Court documents state the sorority members and their guests waited an hour to be seated despite having a reservation, and then endured glacial and disinterested service throughout the evening. Before most guests had eaten or received checks, a manager called the police to falsely report that the group was threatening not to pay their bill. Another manager stood with officers demanding receipts before these black patrons could leave the room, even to use the restroom. Some guests never even received their food orders.

Add this to the financial penalties paid by Bahama Breeze parent company, Darden Restaurants, which was sued ten years ago for similar behavior and racial harassment and settled for $1.26 million. 

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