PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) – The company who owns Huddle House in Pine Bluff is being sued for alleged racial harassment.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges the business violated federal law by "subjecting a black employee to a hostile work environment because of her race."
According to the EEOC's suit, Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to racially offensive language. Among other things, members of Huddle House's management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as "ghetto," "hood," "hood rat," "Huddle ho's" and used the "N-word" when they visited the restaurant.
EEOC says this conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed after they attempted to reach a settlement.