San Jose Panda Express Accused of Racism

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 2:17 PM PDT
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San Jose Panda Express Accused of Racism

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Federal officials are suing a San Jose Panda Express, accusing the restaurant of making Latino workers clean toilets and perform other menial work while Asian employees stood around and watched.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the suit on Wednesday. It alleges the manager also disciplined Latino employees more harshly and more frequently than their Asian counterparts. A spokesman for Panda Express told the San Jose Mercury News the company does not comment on pending litigation.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for Northern California, accuses the restaurant of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on ethnicity. It seeks monetary damages and wants the company to provide training in workplace discrimination.

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