Popular Denver sushi restaurant faces new allegation from former employee

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DENVER — One of Denver’s premier sushi restaurants is facing a fresh allegation of discrimination.

“Here was another Asian manager that was hired, and that’s when I started to see the differential treatment towards me in favor of him,” said the man who did not want to be identified.

He says in 2012 the owner of Sushi Den passed over him for a promotion because he didn’t look right.

“Just because of your race you’re being passed over on opportunities is truly disheartening,” the man said.

Last October, he filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity  Commission saying, “I was discriminated against because of my race.” The man is African-American.

It’s a claim vigorously denied by Sushi Den’s attorney.

“In (the complainant’s) resignation letter he stated ‘he appreciated the opportunity to work for the company,'” the attorney said.  “He was promoted and resigned because of scheduling conflicts.”

LINK: Investigators discredits female employees’ complaint against Sushi Den

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