May 25, 1994 |
U.S. government officials and civil rights advocates, hailing a "new partnership" dedicated to weeding out racism in commercial establishments, announced a record $54.4-million discrimination settlement with the Denny's restaurant chain Tuesday. The settlement, which earmarks $28 million for victims of discrimination at California Denny's restaurants, closes the book on two class-action lawsuits that became a modern version of the lunch-counter protests of the civil rights movement's early days.
May 24, 1994 |
The Justice Department has reached a civil rights settlement with the nationwide Denny's restaurant chain, which has been hit with dozens of allegations of bias against blacks, according to a department official. Details of the settlement were not immediately available, according to the official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity. CBS reported that Flagstar Cos.
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March 15, 1994 |
Donald J. Bohana appeared destined for success when he began serving soul food and wooing customers to Denny's "N" the 'Hood in the Watts-Willowbrook area. But nearly two years after the nation's first black-owned Denny's opened, corporate officials of the restaurant chain have taken over the eatery from Bohana.
February 17, 1994 |
Dennis P. Malone, a former Denny's restaurant executive who now lives in Anaheim Hills, has been elected to Denny's Franchise Advisory Board of Directors. Malone, who worked at Denny's since 1972, has been a Denny's franchisee since 1991. He now owns a Denny's franchise in North Palm Springs. The advisory board represents Denny's 253 franchisees and includes six franchisees and two company representatives.
January 25, 1994 |
Flagstar Cos., operator of the Denny's and El Pollo Loco chains, plans to sell or close as many as 180 of those restaurants--including many California sites. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based company said Monday that it will close or sell up to 45 of the 212 El Pollo Locos. It would not specify the locations, but 137 of the 139 company-owned El Pollo Locos are in Southern California. The rest are owned by franchisees. Nationwide, the company also plans to close or sell up to 135 of the 1,515 Denny's.
August 12, 1993 |
Denny's Inc., the Spartanburg, S.C.-based restaurant chain, found itself in the news this spring after a number of black consumers alleged discriminatory treatment by employees at its restaurants in California and Maryland. In March, Denny's and the U.S. Department of Justice signed an agreement that Jerome J. Richardson, chairman of Flagstar Cos. Inc., Denny's corporate parent, has described as an "affirmation of our commitment to treating all customers fairly."
July 28, 1993 |
Denny's restaurant chain, beset by allegations of discrimination against black customers, said Tuesday that it has appointed a civil rights monitor who will be based at the company's corporate office in Irvine. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Denny's appointed Joseph D. Russell to the newly created post. Russell, who owned a business consulting firm in San Diego, will oversee sensitivity training for Denny's employees and monitor random testing for bias.
July 13, 1993 |
The Denny's restaurant chain has been hit by yet another charge of racial discrimination, this time by a former waiter who alleges that managers at a Costa Mesa restaurant illegally cut back his hours and eventually forced him to quit. The allegations, made in a Superior Court suit filed Friday in Santa Ana by Andre Anderson, who is black, came one day after five African-Americans from San Diego alleged that another Denny's restaurant in Costa Mesa refused to serve them.