Black woman sues a Wendy’s restaurant in Michigan over ‘Jim Crow era-type discrimination’

click to enlarge A Wendy's restaurant in Kalamazoo is being sued by a Black woman who says she was frequently subjected to racist behavior. - Shutterstock
Shutterstock
A Wendy's restaurant in Kalamazoo is being sued by a Black woman who says she was frequently subjected to racist behavior.

A Black woman is suing a Wendy’s restaurant in Kalamazoo and two of her former co-workers, alleging she was repeatedly subjected to racism while working at the fast food chain in the summer of 2021.

The lawsuit, filed in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court on Monday, says Sophia Cargill was alienated and targeted by predominantly white co-workers, who frequently ignored her, used racial slurs, and talked about lynching African Americans.

One of her white co-workers called her the N-word, and another said he “didn’t know they made (N-word) angels,” according to the lawsuit.

At the time, Cargill was a manager in training.

“This is heinous Jim Crow era-type discrimination, right here in Kalamazoo, Michigan,” Cargill’s attorney Jon Marko said in a statement. “Mrs. Cargill complained to Wendy’s supervisors on multiple occasions and nothing was done. Wendy’s still has not admitted that what happened to Ms. Cargill was racially inappropriate or even said they are sorry. I don’t see how any self-respecting person could patronize Wendy’s again.”

The lawsuit alleges Wendy’s and her former co-workers violated the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

In a separate incident, Cargill’s supervisor called her a “bitch” and “fucking laze.” A video of the encounter was posted on TikTok and went viral. The superior was fired.

Stay connected with Detroit Metro Times. Subscribe to our newsletters, and follow us on Google News, Apple News, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Reddit.

About The Author

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
Scroll to read more Michigan News articles

Newsletters

Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.