Park Avenue Café Waiter Says He Was Discriminated Against for Not Drinking Wine

Park Avenue Winter

The frosty interior of Park Avenue Winter.Photo: Michael Weber

A little over a week ago, we broke the news that Park Avenue Caf (currently Park Avenue Winter) is being sued by employees who claim they were forced to participate in illegal tip-pooling and discriminated against because they were South Asian. The Sun now reports that a court has allowed former employee Mohammed Rahman to bring a suit on behalf of nonwhite employees at Park Avenue Caf, but stopped short of allowing a class-action suit against parent chain Smith & Wollensky. One of the reasons Rahman claims he was given a hard time, and eventually fired, is that he didnt drink alcohol and so couldnt taste wine which has to be the first time someone has been canned for not drinking on the job.

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