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Pa. Panera bakery boss says he was fired for putting black man, not pretty girls, on register
PITTSBURGH (AP) ' A white former manager of a suburban Pittsburgh Panera Bread shop says he was fired for having a black man work the cash register instead of putting him in a less visible location and having "pretty young girls" be the cashiers.
Scott Donatelli says in a lawsuit he was fired after double hip replacement surgery this year. He claims the reason was he bucked the race-related personnel rules of Warren, Ohio, franchisee Sam Covelli communicated to him by a district manager.
Donatelli says the district manager told him Covelli and customers "would rather see pretty young girls" at the cash register.
A Covelli spokesman said Thursday the franchisee doesn't discriminate and Donatelli was fired from the Mount Lebanon bakery "strictly" for not returning to work soon enough after his surgery.
St. Louis-based Panera Bread Co. hasn't commented.