Panera Bread franchisee, Sam Covelli, has settled with former employee Guy Vines for $76,000 on charges of discrimination.
According to court records, Vines will receive 10,000 and his lawyer will receive $66,000 in legal fees.
Vines accused Covelli of refusing to promote him and placing him in the kitchen instead of where the public was served, because of his race. Covelli runs several Panera Breads in western Pennsylvania and various other parts of the U.S. Part of the judgement passed down by the judge requires him to advertise in the states that he owns Panera Bread’s for other wronged employees.
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