PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - After receiving public backlash, the two executives for a popular downtown Phoenix restaurant announced Thursday that they have fired the worker who wrote a racial slur on an order ticket.
Kyle Shivers, CEO of Breakfast Club, and Ernie Vega, COO of Breakfast Club, said in a statement that the incident was "crude, insensitive and deeply hurtful."
Vega initially said the worker was formally written up and received a verbal reprimand, and said that was "appropriate" based on what happened.
Shivers and Vega didn't say what changed to cause them to fire the employee.
Rakevion White, a server at Breakfast Club, says "N***A Order" was written at the top of a dine-in order ticket on Oct. 22. White says he was specifically targeted as the butt of the joke. No guests saw the ticket.
“Today’s firing should have happened the day I was the butt of an N-Word joke. Management was alerted to this serious offense on day one. It is my hope that the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) investigates this matter and Breakfast Club can eventually be able to say that ALL people are respected and treated equally while in their employ and as valued customers. Until that happens, I just ask for prayers as I continue to labor, honorably, in a tense workplace that is grappling with issues of racial justice and diversity. I do have hope though and that hope will see me through,” White said in a statement on Thursday.
White said two employees were involved in the incident, so it's unclear if the other employee will be fired, as well.
"While we believe in God's grace and in the sincerity of this young man’s remorse, we have more than 100 employees to consider and our standing as an organization in a community we value and love very much. We have heard from many members of the community on both sides of this issue, including people who offered advice on how best to move forward. We will continue to formulate next steps as to policies and procedures," said Shivers and Vega in a statement.