Five employees of the luxury restaurants at the Barclays Center have filed a $5 million lawsuit against the home of the Nets over some nasty discrimination claims. Two cooks at the Calvin Klein Courtside Club claim that their managers mocked them for their physical disabilities — one, who is blind in one eye, was called things like "cyclops", while another was teased for his enlarged nose and cerebral palsy. And disabled workers at several of the arena's upscale venues, including the 40/40 Club as well as Calvin Klein claim that their managers moved them to jobs that were "out of sight of customers."
Managers for Levy Restaurants, which operates all of the concessions at Barclay's Center, are also accused of taunting black employees with racial slurs, and with giving both black and disabled workers fake write-ups and overly difficult tests in order to keep them from getting promoted. Levy and the Barclays Center have so far declined to comment on the suit.
· Barclays Center Hit with $5M Suit Claiming Discrimination [NYDN]
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