Rosebud Facing Lawsuit

One local restaurant that has had some bad luck the past few years is now facing a lawsuit.

Naperville based Rosebud Italian Specialties and Pizzeria is part of the popular Chicago restaurant group Rosebud Restaurants, who is now facing allegations of racial discrimination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the suit in U.S. District Court claiming the restaurants are in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights act for failing or refusing to hire African Americans based on their race.

The suit was spurred by a complaint from 2012 by a woman who accused the restaurant of discrimination and a subsequent investigation from the EEOC.

The corporate office has released the following statement:

“For more than 35 years, Rosebud Restaurants has proudly served the Chicagoland community with more than 900 current employees. We consider it our mission to treat our employees as family – with honesty and respect – and we are proud of our employment record and the diversity of our workforce. We have not, do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any type toward employees or applicants. For that reason, we take very seriously the claims asserted by the U .S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and remain confident that this process will confirm that we operate with integrity and conduct business in an ethical and legal manner.”

The EEOC met with the restaurant group to eliminate the problem through informal meetings, but was unable to obtain an agreement.

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