The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a "color discrimination" lawsuit involving an Applebee's restaurant near Atlanta. A dark-skinned African-American waiter claimed that his lighter-skinned
African-American supervisor discriminated against him by making derogatory remarks about his skin color. EEOC officials said complaints of color bias are rare but growing in number. In the settlement, Applebee's denied
any wrongdoing but has agreed to pay the former employee $40,000 and add color protections to its anti-discrimination policies.
See Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post, August 7, 2003