Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lawsuit: Black Employee of Cupcake Shop Fired After Reporting White Colleague's N-Bomb

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This a tale of cupcakes, hairnets, and the N-word.

Shayden Frazier, an African-American former employee of Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Cafe in University City, is suing the shop for allegedly firing him after he complained about a white colleague's use of a racial slur.

To start at the beginning: Frazier got hired in August 2013 and worked at Jilly's as a cashier and server.

Frazier says that a few months after he was hired, a white colleague referred to a black female colleague as "nappy headed and ugly." Frazier brought it up at a staff meeting and suggested racial sensitivity training, but management declined to arrange for such training.

Frazier says that during his employment, he was instructed to wear a hairnet and shave his beard, while white employees didn't have to.

In April of 2014, Frazier claims, he was written up after calling in sick for two different shifts. But in July, a white colleague showed up an hour and a half late and wasn't disciplined.

Finally, Frazier alleges that in July 2014, a black female colleague named Kyron came to him "noticeably upset and shaken." A white dishwasher named Alan had called her the N-word, she said.

Frazier says that Jill Segal, the shop's owner, held a staff meeting later that day. "The meeting got heated," Frazier wrote in his complaint. Kyron admitted she'd used the term "white boy." Frazier brought up the dishwasher's long history of saying words like "bitch" and "Oriental." Frazier said he felt sick and was sent home. He was fired three days later.

The Missouri Commission on Human Rights issued him a right to sue in April. Frazier, who now lists a Pearland, Texas address, filed his suit in St. Louis County circuit court on Monday. He's going after the cupcake shop and its owner, Jill Segal, for discrimination, harrassment and retaliation in violation of Missouri Human Rights law, and asking for at least $25,000 in damages.

Here's the complaint:

Frazier v Jilly's

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