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Pizzeria Settles Discrimination Suit With EEOC For $50,000

On June 22, 2017, Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria settled a national origin discrimination lawsuit for $50,000 following allegations of harassment and an alleged directive to speak “English Only” in the workplace.  In addition to alleged disparaging remarks, the EEOC cited to one occasion where a manager supposedly pulled a dollar bill out of his wallet, held it out to the workers and told them, “This is America, you must speak English.”  He allegedly lacked a legitimate business reason for doing so.

The consent decree provides for the implementation of anti-discrimination policies, training and problem resolution procedures.  Such policies and practices may have prevented the alleged wrongdoing had they been implemented previously.

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Stephania C. Sanon, Labor and Employment Associate, Long Island, Jackson Lewis Law Firm

Stephania C. Sanon is an Associate in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice is focused on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventative advice and counsel.

She represents employers in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including claims of discrimination and retaliation brought pursuant to Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state and local laws prohibiting discrimination.