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Bar fired black student for not being “white” and “blonde"

PAYOUT: A black student was fired from the Redline sports bar in Washington DC because the owner didn't like the way she looked

THE OWNER of a bar in Washington DC has been ordered to pay almost $700,000 after it was found that he fired a new black employee for not being "white" and "blonde".

According to Howard University student Briggitta Hardin, the Redline sports bar hired her in 2010, and she arrived to her first day of work and met owner Mick Dadlani.

However, Dadlani seemed to be "upset" by her presence and would not speak to her or even shake her hand, according to Hardin's complaint.

“Ms Hardin introduced herself and extended her hand to greet Dadlani, but Dadlani refused to touch her hand,” the complaint said. “Instead, Dadlani looked Ms Hardin up and down with visible disgust and walked away, appearing angered by her presence.”

Less than an hour later, Hardin was told that she would no longer be working at the bar.

“Testimony from former managers and employees revealed that Dadlani expressed a preference for hiring white, blonde women for bartending positions, and ignored management’s repeated objections that such hiring restrictions are illegal,” Hardin’s counsel alleged.

“This case involved not only significant evidence from MsHardin but also significant evidence from other people who have no stake at all,” Hardin’s attorney, Megan Cacace, concluded. “A lot of testimony that confirmed defendant’s statements had happened.”

The bar has been ordered to pay $687,000 (£480,000) as a result of the discrimination lawsuit.

A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia awarded Hardin $175,000 in compensatory damages and $512,000 in punitive damages.

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