Plaintiff Carinne Silverman-Maddox, was the only African-American bartender employed with the Defendants at the Kid Rock Made in [Detroit] Restaurant until she was abruptly suspended and dismissed for allegedly overpouring a single drink.
The suspension occurred on the first date Plaintiff decided to wear her hair natural, in a curly afro, instead of straightening it or putting it up like her Caucasian coworkers. The alleged violation is clearly pretextual as numerous Caucasian comparators openly poured drinks in the exact same manner. Further, Caucasian comparators were approached for committing identical or similar violations and were able to keep their jobs.
22. In one incident, Plaintiff witnessed a manager, Chad, free-pouring excessive amounts of alcohol into the Kid Rock Bar’s guitar shaped daiquiris. Plaintiff informed Chad that she was unable to ring up, or bill, the drinks as doubles. Chad responded “F**k it. It’s only Malibu.” (Malibu is a type of coconut rum)
23. Additionally, on information and belief, the same managers who disciplined Plaintiff had previously instructed bartenders to “free pour drinks heavily” any time Kid Rock is present in the building.
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