WFAA Four disgruntled employees of the IHOP restaurant chain claim they were fired in 2010 because of their national origin and their religious beliefs. The men are Arab and Muslim, and they allege that that was the basis for their termination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission agreed, determining there was “reasonable cause” that the men were harassed and terminated because of their national origin. The men’s attorneys filed suit Tuesday against IHOP and Anthraper Investments, which owns the four local franchises involved in Plano, Fort Worth, Arlington and Burleson.
Attorney Jay Ellwanger said the men experienced a hostile work environment for a long time. (I guess they weren’t allowed to stop working to pray several times a day?)
In their lawsuit, the men state that they heard repeated discriminatory remarks from Anthraper Investments owners, such as “Arab men treat women poorly and with disrespect (the absolute truth), we’re going to let these people go and have new faces coming in.”
Ellwanger said the men received one warning every year. “Every year on the anniversary of September 11th, our clients received and email from IHOP management telling them to lay low at their stores,” he said. An attorney for Anthraper Investments said the EEOC “simply got it wrong” in this case. He said the agency has a large backlog of charges and inadequate resources.
The EEOC reviewed more than 4,100 claims of religious discrimination and only ruled 6.6 percent had reasonable cause. This was one of those cases. “They are just like everybody else,” Kane said of her clients. “They are American citizens who should not be treated differently based on their national origin or their religion.” (No, they aren’t, they are citizens of dar al-harb – a territory of war or chaos, the name for the regions where Islam does not dominate, where divine will is not observed, and therefore where continuing strife is the norm)
IHOP said the employment practices of the company and franchisees are non-discriminatory and inclusive. “We have a long history of supporting diversity,” the IHOP statement said. “Our franchisee believes the allegations are without merit, and looks forward to the fair conclusion of this matter.”
“They made a lot of money over the years for IHOP, and to be treated like this — to be dismissed because of religious beliefs and national origins — it’s something all of us are protected from under American law,” Ellwanger said.
FROM: CAIR on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
On Wednesday, April 18, a representative of the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-TX) will take part in a news conference by a New York-based law firm to announce a discrimination suit against IHOP by four Muslim managers who say they were fired because of their faith and ethnicity.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Outside the Earle Cabel Federal Courthouse, 1100 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas