Restaurant agrees to $1.3 mil Racial Discrimination suit! Print
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:24 - The owners of two popular restaurants in downtown Baltimore have agreed to pay $1.3 million and establish new hiring measures to settle a years-old lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against black applicants and employees.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit in 2008 against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants Inc. and Schmick Restaurant Corp., owners of McCormick & Schmick's and M&S Grill in the Inner Harbor.

The lawsuit claimed the restaurants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire black applicants for front-of-the-house positions such as servers and hostesses.

The Companies did not admit to any discrimination or wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which was approved last week by U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson.

Eric Janson, an attorney for the companies, declined to comment Monday.

The EEOC celebrated the settlement. Read More