- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 6, 2006

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK — Award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud, whose New York eatery Daniel is considered one of the city’s top restaurants, is facing a racism lawsuit from staff who say they were overlooked for promotion.

Seven Hispanic and Bangladeshi employees filed suit in a Manhattan court accusing Mr. Boulud of “intentional employment discrimination and harassment on the basis of their race, color, ethnicity, alienage and national origin.”

According to the suit, the restaurant denied the seven promotions to higher paid positions while promoting white workers with the same or lesser skills, experience or seniority. The employees also say they were subjected to racist insults and verbal abuse.

Mr. Boulud has been voted by industry magazines and guides as best chef of New York City and chef of the year. The Zagat guide rates his Manhattan flagship, Daniel, as second best for food in the city.

With meals costing on average more than $110 per head, not including drinks or service, the restaurant recommends booking one month in advance.

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