It’s not the kind of news restaurants want to make.
According to several news outlets, some former employees of the Guy Fieri restaurant have moved in Living! Pittsburgh Casino in Westmoreland County protested Monday outside the facility to demand fairer pay for workers and highlight some alarming allegations made by former workers.
Certain Nathaniel Ridley, a former chef at Fieri American cuisine + barsaid a manager used one racial insult when you confront the kitchen staff with music that is playing one day. According to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, both Ridley and employees are Kendra Gillcrese Witness the alleged arch.
“It was just amazing,” said Ridley. “He just stood there and never said ‘I’m sorry’ or showed remorse.”
Gillcrese added, “I was just shocked and went home and said, ‘Did he really just say that?'”
Allegations against American Kitchen + Bar at Live!
According to Action News 4, Ridley and Gillcrese reported the incident to Human Resources, but nothing significant happened.
And so the staff planned the protest. In addition to the alleged bow, Ridley said he later learned it was him be paid less than other employees for similar roles and responsibilities.
One of the targets for the protest on Monday, along with one Online petition This was circulated to encourage management to think about it Racial Sensitivity Training for his employees. The protesters are also demanding reimbursement for employees who may have been mistreated.
In response, a Live! Casino made the following statement to Channel 4:
“Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar take pride in the jobs we have created in Westmoreland County, are committed to our team members, and advocate diversity, equity and inclusion. Claiming that our compensation varies according to.” Race is different is just wrong. “
Living! The Pittsburgh Casino opened in November
Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen + Bar was launched alongside Live! Casino Pittsburgh in November 2020 at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield Township.
In a press release announcing the opening of his restaurant, Fieri said, “Pennsylvanians know great food, and I’ve got it all around the Food Network’s state shootings (diners, drive-ins, and dives) and my own Seen restaurants so I couldn’t be happier bringing my American Kitchen + Bar to life! Pittsburgh Casino. Hop on in Pittsburgh, we’re going to Flavortown! “
But a few months into its first year, the American Kitchen + Bar has encountered a few bad publicity.
And it’s not the kind of news a restaurant wants to make.
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