A Charlotte man who says the operator of Waffle House restaurants denied him promotions because he was black has won a $420,000 verdict.
Joe Stanley Brown filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that Hillcrest Foods, which operates 44 Waffle House restaurants, twice denied him promotions to a restaurant management position because he’s black.
Days after filing his complaint, Brown was fired, and he filed a second EEOC complaint alleging he was fired in retaliation for his first charge.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Charlotte decided that Brown was not passed over for promotions because of his race, but said Brown’s dismissal was in retaliation for his discrimination claim.
Brown, who has worked at a Charlotte Waffle House off and on for 19 years, is currently unemployed.
A Hillcrest Foods spokesman said it had legitimate reasons for firing Brown and intends to appeal the verdict.