A black woman has filed a class-action lawsuit in which the staff of a J. Alexander restaurant is accused of racism, but the company has issued a categorical statement stating that all her claims are incorrect.
Liah Gant filed the trial a few days after the confusing incident on June 20 at the restaurant in West Bloomfield, Michigan in the suburbs of Detroit.
She claims that a bartender ordered her to give up her seat at the bar for two white men, took her drink away and further claimed that she was attacked by a white patron who threw food and obscenities when she tried to complain to a manager.
The restaurant rejects these claims and said that Gant's story can easily be refuted by a video surveillance video – although the company has not yet released any material.
For its part, Gant has released short video clips that do not shed much light on this.
Gant & # 39; s version of events
Gant claims that a bartender kicked her out of her bar chair to let two white men sit.
She says the bartender took her drink, poured it out and refused to help her further.
She claims that another black customer has intervened to approach the manager to defend her.
Gant says a white patron started screaming and cursing at her and the other black patron, throwing food.
She says she has been & # 39; pushed & # 39; by the restaurant staff while the white man she claims to throw food & # 39; protected & # 39; and the back door is.
J. Alexander & # 39; s version
The restaurant says that Gant wanted to reserve a seat for someone who was not there, and the bartender informed her that seats at the bar could not be stored.
J. Alexander says that Gant stayed in her own seat in front of the bar stool and enjoyed drinks and food with two friends for over an hour.
The restaurant says another patron began to cause a malfunction and yelled at a manager about individual grievances.
At that time, another patron threw a container of food at the disruptive customer, the restaurant says.
J. Alexander says the disturbing patrons were asked to leave and the police were called and all customers left the front door.
Although she can hear screaming accusations and point at different people, racial abusive words cannot be heard in the video and the context of the video is unclear.
A man who appears to be the restaurant manager is seen with food smeared in his face, to which he gestures and says: & # 39; what about this? & # 39; while telling Gant to leave the restaurant.
Gant's claims are as follows. She says she was sitting at the bar with a drink in front of her when the bartender called two white men to take her place and the open chair next to her, which she was saving for a friend.
When she refused, she said the bartender took the drink from her, poured it into the sink, and told Gant that she would not serve her.
Gant said she complained to the manager, who offered her a free drink but then gave up. She claims that the manager instructed the bartender to stop serving her.
At this point, Gant & # 39; s story crosses with another black patron who was at the same time in the restaurant, but who does not know them.
Liah Gant (left and right) filed the trial just days after the confusing incident on June 20
That dinner, Jerrick Jefferson, told WJBK TV that the restaurant changed his food order and that he suspected racism.
Jefferson said he started complaining to managers and accused the restaurant of a & # 39; culture of racism and discrimination regarding how they interact with their clients. & # 39;
Jefferson said a white pattern, which he is a & # 39; Chaldean gentleman & # 39; , came out of his chair and the n-word started to scream, told him & # 39; n *****'s going home & # 39; and food is swinging.
Chaldean city in a Detroit neighborhood that is mainly populated by Assyrian immigrants.
According to the video evidence, Gant was currently involved in the altercation, perhaps by joining her own racial discrimination by grace with Jefferson's conversation with the managers.
The video shows that the managers are asking Gant to leave. The man she points out in the video and accuses of throwing food seems to be a patron, although he is dressed in all-back, similar to an assistant waiter.
Gant said she was thrown out of the restaurant while the & # 39; criminal & # 39; who allegedly threw the food & # 39; protected & # 39; was escorted out the back door.
In a statement, J. Alexander rejected almost every point of Gant's allegations and accused her of lying.
The location of the restaurant can be seen above. J. Alexander rejected almost every point of Gant's allegations and accused her of lying
& # 39; The recent allegations of racial discrimination by a guest at our location in West Bloomfield on June 20 are incorrect, & # 39; the company said in a statement by e-mail Fox news.
& # 39; Surveillance video clearly shows that the female guest who charges the accusation of discrimination was not asked to give up her place for white guests, the statement says.
The company said that Gant wanted to save a seat for a friend who had not yet arrived, and she was told that the places in the pub could not be saved.
& # 39; She was offered a table for herself and her party in the main dining room, but refused and insisted that she stay in the pub. Security video clearly shows that this female guest stays in her pub seat for more than an hour and enjoys drinks and a dinner with two acquaintances, & the company said.
The statement also states that another guest, presumably Jefferson, & # 39; shouting in a disruptive way & # 39; had called the manager and voiced & # 39; curses and insults & # 39; at the staff.
& # 39; When he and his family left the restaurant, a surveillance video showed that another patron – not a restaurant employee – threw a container of food from a takeaway order at the male guest and his party & # 39 ;, the company said.
& # 39; According to the video surveillance, the patron who threw the food container left the restaurant through the front door after employees tried to separate the two parties and spread the word as well as possible & # 39;
The company said employees called the police and passed security ribbons, and the police will determine whether the person throwing food can be prosecuted.
Gant and Jefferson demand that all restaurant staff be fired.
Their lawsuit is looking for indefinite financial damage.
Jefferson called his experience a & # 39; relapse to segregation, discards to Jim Crow, & discards discrimination & # 39 ;.
Statement by J. Alexander & # 39; s
& # 39; The recent allegations of racial discrimination by a guest at our location in West Bloomfield on June 20 are incorrect.
& # 39; Surveillance video clearly shows that the female guest who charges the accusation of discrimination is not being asked to give up her place for white guests.
& # 39; The female guest tried to save a seat for a friend who had not yet arrived, and she was told that seats in the pub could not be saved. She was offered a table for herself and her party in the large dining room, but refused and insisted that she stay in the pub.
& # 39; Security video clearly shows that this female guest stays in her seat in the pub for more than an hour and enjoys drinks and a dinner with two acquaintances. Further aggravating the incident was the misconduct of a male guest, who approached our manager and started to shout in a disruptive way, and profaned blasphemy and insults to staff. As he and his family left the restaurant, security video shows that another patron – not a restaurant employee – threw a container of food from a take-out order at the male guest and his party. & # 39;
& # 39; West Bloomfield police were called and arrived at the restaurant when the guests left. The police have the contact details of the person responsible for throwing food. We have handed over the surveillance video to the police and are awaiting a report on their investigation and their determination as to whether formal allegations of this behavior are justified.
& # 39; The misrepresentation of the facts in this incident is obvious. Our research, supported by a surveillance video, points to the undeniable truth:
& # 39; J. Alexander & # 39; s Restaurant has consistently adhered to a series of non-discriminatory standards that are as comprehensive as those in our industry. We are proud of our record of non-discrimination throughout the 21 years that we have been a member of the community and look forward to continuing to serve our guests excellently with excellent meals and service. & # 39;
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