Black food and beverage workers at Chicago’s O’Hare Int’l Airport are making claims they are discriminated against…Well, the numbers don’t lie:

The O’Hare concessions company provided data showing current average hourly rates by ethnic group: Latinos, $13.01 an hour; Asian-Americans, $12.81; African-Americans, $12.24; and whites, $10.46.

No, blacks are NOT the victims!

We realize a subjective decision is made to promote a worker to a different position. These workers are members of a Union that’s supposed to represent them PLUS there are many laws that protect all workers from discrimination:

Aviation department spokeswoman Lauren Huffman, asked about the allegations, said the department “does not condone discrimination by its contractors or concessionaires. All these organizations must comply with citywide diversity and equal employment ordinances and policies, the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal and state laws and regulations.”

Via Chicago Sun Times:

African-American food and beverage workers at O’Hare Airport, members of the Unite Here Local 1 union, say they receive discriminatory treatment by city of Chicago concessions contractor HMSHost.

HMSHost denies those allegations, primarily inequity in hiring and promotion of African-American workers into tipped positions. The union says African-American workers, on average, earn 51.8 cents for every dollar earned by white employees in wages and tips. That’s based on fiscal year 2016 data, the most recent full-year statistics available.

The figures were derived from total earnings divided by total hours for both groups. In third quarter 2017, HMSHost reported 338 tipped positions, consisting of servers and bartenders. Of those positions, 48.8 percent were held by whites; 32.5 percent by Latinos; 10.7 percent by African-Americans; and 7.4 percent by Asians.

Overall, whites were 18.4 percent of the 1,270-member workforce; Latinos, 37.6 percent; African-Americans, 28.1 percent; and Asians, 15.3 percent.[…]

The company provided data showing current average hourly rates by ethnic group: Latinos, $13.01 an hour; Asian-Americans, $12.81; African-Americans, $12.24; and whites, $10.46.

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