Top French chef faces racism allegations in NY

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NEW YORK, Dec 5, 2006 (AFP) - Award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud, whose New York eatery Daniel is considered one of the city's top restaurants, is facing a racism lawsuit from staff who say they were overlooked for promotion.

NEW YORK, Dec 5, 2006 (AFP) - Award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud, whose New York eatery Daniel is considered one of the city's top restaurants, is facing a racism lawsuit from staff who say they were overlooked for promotion.

Seven Latino and Bangladeshi employees filed suit in a Manhattan court accusing Boulud of "intentional employment discrimination and harassment on the basis of their race, colour, ethnicity, alienage, and national origin."

According to the suit, the restaurant denied the seven promotions to higher paid positions while promoting white workers with the same or lesser skills, experience or seniority. It also alleges racist insults and verbal abuse.

Boulud has previously been voted by industry magazines and guides Best Chef of New York City and Chef of the Year, while his Manhattan flagship Daniel is rated by the Zagat guide as second best for food in the city.

Costing, on average, more than 110 dollars per head, not including drinks or service, the restaurant recommends booking one month in advance.

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