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Fired for Being Black? Howard Student Wins Suit

A sports bar in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood has been ordered to pay $687,000 in damages to a former bartender who said she was racially discriminated against and fired for being Black.

Briggitta Hardin was hired to train at Redline Bar in Dec. 2010, but was fired on her first day. According to Hardin, when she met Mick Dadlani, who owns the establishment after arriving for her first shift, he refused to speak to her and shake her hand. Hardin was subsequently fired.

Here’s a portion of the statement released by Dane & Colfax, PLLC, the law firm that represented Hardin in her case on the suit:

“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. The jury found Dadlani and the Redline bar liable under both federal and District of Columbia anti-discrimination laws.”

Hardin had sought employment at the establishment in hopes of financing her education at Howard University where she was a student at the time.

She was awarded $175,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $512,000 in punitive damages.