STK, the upscale steakhouse located at The Landing at Disney Springs is in the news this week, however not for its delicious cuisine but rather for firing a member of its bartending staff after a negative review surfaced on the reviewing site Yelp. The bartender is now filing a lawsuit against the company on the grounds of racial discrimination.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, the lawsuit filed in the U.S District Court in Orlando argues that Serkan Sorkon, a former bartender at STK was fired after a negative post about the bartender was left on Yelp in January of this year. The user writing the post said they did not know the name of the bartender only that he was Turkish and was making negative comments about the USA that left the reviewer and other guests feeling uncomfortable.
According to the lawsuit, Sorkon was the only Turkish employee working at the time. Sorkon denies making the comments and argues that he was not given time to refute the comments before he was let go from STK. Sorkon also argues that additional negative reviews were posted regarding other employees at the restaurant but these employees were not disciplined or dismissed, leaving Sorkon and his lawyer Ryan Morgan to concluded that Sorkon was let go due to his ethnicity.
As of going to print STK has not officially commented on the incident.
The original yelp review can be found here and was posted on January 4th.
We’ll keep you posted as to how these events pan out in the weeks and months ahead.
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