Michigan Restaurant Accused of Refusing Service to Black Woman Who Wouldn’t Give Up Seat to White Men (Video)

A Black woman is alleging racial discrimination after she says employees at J. Alexander’s in West Bloomfield, Michigan, asked her to give up her seat to a white man, then refused to serve her when she declined.

Now, she and her attorney are calling for the employees involved to be fired.

Liah Gant appeared with her attorney, Maurice Davis, for a Tuesday press conference, where they were joined by Jerrick Jefferson, a man who claims he was also discriminated against by restaurant workers that same night.

“We refuse to backslide into a nation where Black people are told to give up their seats to white people, [and] where Black people are denied services at restaurants,” Davis told reporters.

Gant said the incident unfolded last Thursday when she was sitting at the bar, waiting for a friend who hadn’t arrived yet. The seat next to her was vacant, but she was trying to save it for her friend. Still, she claims the bartender flagged down two white men who were looking for a place to sit.

“I was racially profiled,” said Gant. “I was told to move out of my seat for two other white men to be seated.”

When she objected to the men taking her seats, Gant claimed the bartender snatched the drink she was drinking, poured it out and refused to continue serving her. Shocked, Gant said she immediately complained to a restaurant manager, who allegedly told her she shouldn’t be upset because “the drink wasn’t thrown on me.”

According to Davis, the manager initially told Gant she wouldn’t be charged for the tossed drink, but had a “change of heart” and made her pay for it anyway. The manager also allegedly commented that there are “two sides to every story.”

























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