The former General Manager of a Milk Shake Factory store located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has filed a retaliation lawsuit against Edward Marc Chocolatier, which operates the store.
Denise Belonics employee claims that she was fired “in retaliation for opposing and failing to comply with its discriminatory hiring practices.” The employee worked for Edward Marc Chocolatier from August 16, 2012 through November 23, 2012.
According to the complaint, which was filed on January 21, 2014:
Although she initially had the ultimate hiring authority, Belonics was given specific instructions by her supervisor, Megan Adams, who was appropriate to hire and who was not.
Specifically, Adams told Belonics she could not hire men. Rather, Belonics was instructed to hire “the all American girl.” The all American girl was too be blonde blue-eyed and college educated preferably a Duquense University student.
Adams also told Belonics that she could not hire a female applicant because she was African American.
In response, Belonics told Adams it is illegal to refuse to hire people because of their race and/or gender.
Ultimately, rather than following her employers illegal instructions, Belonics hired the people she felt were a good fit based on their employment history, references, and availability.
As a result, Defendant fired Belonics on or about November 23, 2012.