Monday, November 14, 2011

Applebee’s worker files discrimination complaint

An African American waitress for Applebees in Towson, Maryland is claiming that she was only ordered to serve African American customers and she has filed a discrimination complaint. Read the whole story on (link below).

After making several complaints to no avail that a manager at the Towson Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grille was harassing her and that she was only assigned to tables of black customers, Haywood has filed a complaint of racial discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"It felt unfair and it shouldn’t happen to you," Haywood said.


Haywood said she made several complaints regarding violations of this code of conduct. On Sept. 27 and Oct. 27, Haywood said she asked for mediation with the management staff. Her first call was returned to ask for more details about the complaint, but no further action was taken, according to Haywood.


Instead of being trusted with the responsibilities former managers assigned to her, Haywood said her new general manager would follow her throughout the workday, asking her to complete tasks she couldn't manage in a short period of time while still serving tables in her section. The manager never referred to her by her name, but instead called her "Lady."

Haywood's growing file of warnings proved detrimental to her process of complaining on Oct. 28, after a second call to the Applebee's hotline was made and Hughes spoke to her about the various complaints.

"He said, 'You don't have such an impeccable record with us,'" Haywood said. "He had already made up his mind."

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tiger Woods ex-caddie Steve Williams racist comment

Tiger Woods ex-caddie Steve Williams recently had a racist remark regarding Tiger Woods.

What happened earlier this week in China was flat out gunfire, and it came at the hands of Williams. Asked to come on stage at a caddie dinner during the pre-tournament festivities at the HSBC Champions and tell the crowd what he was thinking during that now-infamous interview, Williams let out a crowd-silencing remark that can't be viewed any other way but racist.

Via The Telegraph...
"My aim was to shove it right up that black ---hole," Williams said.

The remarks are obviously inappropriate on a ton of levels, but the timing is one of the more shocking things. Why would he still be hung up on this thing months later, after it seems he's found a great player to work with? And why would he do this during a week that Scott is playing great golf, and has a chance to win this tournament?

Williams has since apologized for the remarks, saying on his website, "I apologize for comments I made last night at the Annual Caddy Awards dinner in Shanghai. Players and caddies look forward to this evening all year and the spirit is always joking and fun. I now realize how my comments could be construed as racist. However I assure you that was not my intent. I sincerely apologize to Tiger and anyone else I have offended," but the damage has been done.

One of the keys to being a caddie is to never become the story, and Williams has been as much the story in golf the past three months as any player. He might still be upset about the abrupt firing, and frankly, most people are in this world when they get let go, but there is a way to exit with dignity and then there is this.