In February, a New Jersey woman of Korean descent visited CVS to pick up photo prints, where she was shocked to see that the cashier had written “Ching Chong” on the receipt. She has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the chain; the cashier is also named in the suit.
This shameful incident is evidence of how pervasive racial discrimination remains; prejudice can rear its ugly head in the most innocuous of interactions.
Usefully, the D.C. Circuit ruled recently on a case concerning discrimination and harassment in the workplace, in which the harassment was predicated upon one “egregious” slur. The Circuit decided that this was sufficient for bringing a claim.
In January of 2012, a customer at a Papa John’s in New York City was furious to find her receipt contained the phrase “Lady Chink Eyes.” Meanwhile, a Hooters in the Queens borough of New York City was sued in September of 2012 after a Korean-American discovered someone had typed “chinx” on his receipt.
Similarly, in 2011, a Chick-fil-A in Southern California fired one of its cashiers after a pair of college students received receipts labeled with the names “Ching” and “Chong.”
Contact The Harman Firm if you have any questions about racial discrimination and civil rights law.