A former employee of Muscle Maker Grill, a successful NJ restaurant chain, has accused the company of terminating her employment after she blew the whistle on allegedly racially biased hiring practices. Specifically, the lawsuit claims that her direct employer, one of the largest company franchisees, did not want to hire African-Americans. She claims that the franchisee fired her after she reported her concerns to the company’s headquarters. Muscle Maker Grill has denied the allegations. The company has stated, in its defense, that it does not engage in discrimination and that the franchisee in question has an African-American business partner.
We will follow this interesting case and keep you posted on any developments.