Euless Man Says Whataburger Fired Him For Marrying A Black Woman
"Michael Young is an upstanding guy who worked for Whataburger for a long time and did really well for them," says Joseph Gillespie, Young's lawyer. He tells Unfair Park that Young "ran into a glass ceiling" when he started seeing his wife, and was "denied promotions and then terminated."
From the original complaint:
Clifton Rutledge, the Regional Director, explained to Young what he needed to do to advance his career with Whataburger. Young was told by Rutledge to watch who he was dating. Rutledge, who knew Young was white and that Young was dating an African-American woman told Young that the Dobson family is "old school" and who Young dated or married could negatively impact his career and promotions within the company.Young did not take his superior's warning to heart, says Gillespie. "He continued to date who he wanted to date and it turned out badly for him." Though Gillespie wouldn't go into detail, he told Unfair Park that Young was earning a six-figure salary for which he's seeking compensation.
Whataburger just filed a response to Young's claims on Monday, wherein the company denies his claims of discrimination. We've been playing phone tag with Whataburger's whatapublicists for the past month, and they sent over this statement today:
"While we can't discuss pending litigation, Whataburger is proud of its diverse family of employees, the positive work environment we have created and the equal opportunities we make available to all of our employees. We will vigorously defend our reputation should this action go to trial."Nothing a nice conversation over a lil' Triple Meat & Triple Cheese can't solve. Right?