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Facebook Post Leads to Workplace Suspension

Posted by Peter K. Levine | Sep 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to multiple reports Tori Christina Jenkins, a black waitress at a Red Lobster in Franklin, Tenn., was allegedly left a racist message via a receipt after serving two customers. Rather than leaving a gratuity the customer apparently wrote, “None n**ger” in the tip section. Jenkins posted a screen shot of the receipt on Facebook and was then suspended by her employer.

According to her Facebook page, Jenkins has worked at Red Lobster in Franklin since December 2012. Both Jenkins and her father posted the screen shot of the message to Facebook. Her father noted that he hopes it will make people more aware “[t]hat we still have much ignorance to overcome.” Since posting the receipt Jenkins has received an out-pouring of support.

Suspension was company's “standard procedure”

Red Lobster spokesman Mike Bernstein, citing the company's “standard procedures,” said in an email that the company has temporarily suspended Jenkins with pay as a result of the incident. In this case the violation is for publicly posting a receipt. But Bernstein emphasized that Jenkins has not missed a single day of work because of her suspension and is still scheduled to work this week as usual.

Bernstein added that Red Lobster is “extremely disturbed” by the situation and is currently investigating to determine exactly what happened.

“We take this extremely seriously,” he wrote. “This kind of language is completely disgusting and has no place in our restaurant or anywhere else, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of what happened as quickly as possible.”

Jenkins has since pulled down the photo of the offensive receipt.

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