Buffalo Wild Wings Fires Employees Who Tried To Reseat Patrons Over Skin Color

WBBM Newsradio Staff
November 04, 2019 - 8:16 am
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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) -- Buffalo Wild Wings has fired the employees involved in an alleged racist incident at the restaurant's Naperville location.

A group of mostly African-American people celebrating a birthday party at a Buffalo Wild Wings allege they were asked to change tables because of their skin color.

Justin Vahl said he was at a Naperville restaurant last month with children and adults when a host asked him about his ethnicity. Later, a manager asked the group to move because a regular customer didn't want to sit near black people.

Vahl, of nearby Montgomery, said he's multiracial. His wife, Mary, first shared the story on social media. After several managers tried to move the group, they left for another restaurant.

The racist incident reportedly happened at the Buffalo Wild Wings on 75th Street, east of Route 59. It has since gone viral on Facebook.

In a statement, a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said the restaurant chain has zero-tolerance for discrimination.

"We take this incident very seriously and after conducting a thorough, internal investigation have terminated the employees involved," the statement said. "Buffalo Wild Wings values an inclusive environment and has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind. "

The customer who made the complaint is in contact with his legal team.

The DuPage NAACP will also look into the incident.

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