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A franchise owner is suing Dunkin’ Donuts, claiming the publicly-traded franchisor has a poor record with people of color.The Indian American franchisee alleges Dunkin’s rejection of her proposal to open a new restaurant was racially motivated.
Many women of Indian descent work at Dunkin’ but none are multi-unit managers in New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.
Attorney Jerry Marks of Marks & Klein filed the suit in New Jersey state court last week. He claims Dunkin’ Brands denied his client’s proposal to open the third restaurant, as required under its franchise agreement.
As reported in the New York Post, the complaint states that Priti Shetty, a former business analyst at Ernst & Young, contends that one Dunkin’ brand rep, Wayne Miller, told her she was not “servile enough” as an Indian woman.