Checkers eatery makes peace with ex-manager GLEN BURNIE

April 20, 1993|By Staff Report

The ex-manager of a '50s-style drive-in diner dropped charges of racial discrimination yesterday against the Glen Burnie restaurant as the two sides settled their dispute.

"An agreement has been reached between me and the company," said Ernest D. Rucker Jr., 39, who on April 12 filed a federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against his former employers at Checkers restaurant.

The EEOC was not involved in the agreement, nor was there a financial settlement, said Ron Wyland, Checkers' director of operations.

Mr. Rucker, who is black, was fired March 17 from his job as diner manager because of performance and conduct, Mr. Wyland said last week. As part of the agreement, the firing was withdrawn and Mr. Rucker resigned yesterday. Neither side would reveal any other information about the settlement.

"The situation has been settled to my satisfaction," Mr. Rucker said. He said Mar-Chek Inc., the company that franchised the 4-month-old diner, has "reached out to address the issues I have raised."

Mr. Rucker's complaint had alleged a pattern of discrimination against minorities and women that included selective firings and promotions, sexual harassment and tolerating or using racial slurs and vulgar language.

Mr. Wyland said the company has investigated the charges and resolved them.

"All EEOC guidelines are being followed 100 percent. We are following the government regulations to a T," Mr. Wyland said. He said the company was doing so even before Mr. Rucker filed the federal complaint.

One-third of the approximately 60 employees are minorities. Of the 37 employees who left the restaurant since January, 24 were white, 11 were black and two were Hispanic, according to the company.

Checkers is still seeking a new manager, Mr. Wyland said.

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