Guy, a naturalized immigrant from Trinidad, told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he was refused daytime hours because he was wearing the kufi. He also claims he was the restaurant’s only Muslim, as well as the only employee restricted from working day hours.
In a video featuring Guy that was made by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the former server claimed a manager said, “If you get rid of that hat, I promise I will give you day hours.”
According to Guy, day servers make exponentially more than night servers, thanks to more customers leaving more tips. Guy said the employer event went so far as to send him home after just 45 minutes of work when he swapped shifts with another worker to get day hours.
“He’s only to be working at night,” the manager allegedly told another manager who approved the swap.
Guy said he was sent a letter by the Denny’s franchise, which, according to Guy, read, “It is with great sadness that I must tell you that if you do not conform to the proper dress code within 14 days, we will have to terminate your employment with the company.” He was eventually fired.
Guy has filed a claim with the EEOC and plans to sue the company. However, according to the Ocala Star-Banner, the franchisee denies any wrongdoing and says that Guy is distorting the facts to paint a false picture.
“We do follow the brands standards regarding restaurant uniforms and uniform accommodation requests,” the franchise owner, EYM Diner LLC, said.
“The allegations made by Mr. Guy do not contain all the facts and do not reflect the real reason for termination. We are confident that in a legal proceeding we will be cleared of any discrimination.”
Denny’s has stated that it is conducting its own investigation into the matter.
H/T Opposing Views