In-n-Out Gets Sued For Race, Age Discrimination; Why the Lawsuit is Preposterous

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You ever wonder why the In-n-Out crew is always so gosh-darn wholesome and young, as opposed to fast-food places, where it seems the average worker is now middle-aged and immigrant? It's because the Irvine-based chain has a specific image they want to project, one they craft carefully and ensure by paying their workers a great wage and offering benefits. As a result, half of Southern California wants to work there, which lets In-n-Out pick the best of the crop.

But does that mean that In-n-Out only pick perky white girls and handsome white boys? Not at all--go to the In-n-Out off Bristol and Fifth streets in SanTana, and all the workers are perky Chicanas and handsome caballeros. Nevertheless, two Bay Area men who filed a lawsuit against the company claim the opposite: that In-n-Out is not only racist, but discriminates based on age.


The class-action suits claims In-n-Out practices "systematic discriminatory hiring," specifically against African-Americans and people over 40, charges strenuously denied by the company.

"In-N-Out Burger does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race or age in its hiring policies or practices," their general council said in a statement. "We hire from our local communities and our restaurants reflect the demographics of that community. The company will aggressively defend itself against these irresponsible allegations."

At least in Southern California, I gotta side with In-n-Out. Hell, I've even seen a black guy work in Orange County--and no black people live  here!

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SarahLee1
SarahLee1

As a former employee, They do not, I repeat, They do not discriminate. There are even mentally disabled people working there. You all are just bored!

MeToo.
MeToo.

It's simple. In-n-Out hires you to do a specific job a specific way to a specific standard. If you can't hack it then your done. If you want to work for In-n-Out then you better be ready to actually work! That is what a real job is supposed to be. and that is why they can maintain such a high standard without the use of pre-cooked frozen foodstuffs freezers or microwave ovens.

 

I frequent a location near my job in LA and it's a god damn cultural rainbow behind the counter there. And that includes people over 40.But the common denominator is EVERYBODY HUSTLES! This is true of every In-n Out location I've ever been to since 1975. It figures This kind of BS is coming out of the bay area. The self absorbed prick capital of northern California. 

 

 

Bruce Jones
Bruce Jones

I've been eating INO for years, the only requirement is to be highly motivated, friendly and an outgoing "People Person". I have seen employees from their teens into middle age and of every ethnic persuasion. I hope that this frivolous lawsuit goes by the wayside.

etsnell
etsnell

Wow sometimes I really have to look for a post to respond to but tonight it's right up at the top. We will be responding to 

Puto  Pedro Pendejo Deltaco

You are full of caca Delgado first off and are not even smart enough to spell in-n-out so right away we all know you have issues and then we all know you are a ass 0. I have followed in-n-out  since I could walk. Since in-n-out was owned by Harry and Esther Snyder only surviving grandchild Lynsi Martinez  don't you think it may be a stretch to prove discrimination. In-n-out has given to more homeless and hurting kids than Disneyland. There Corp is in Irvine I love in-n-out.

I love how they have helped there community. I love there delicious Double Double animal style. Or have you ever tried there Double Double protein burger. I ate there last night and devoured my animal style fries. In-n-out had a shake up with the plane crash years ago and I know for a fact that they promoted two people that where both over 40. I have often times seen Blacks working for in-n-out through out Calif. This lawsuit is a paper mill and I would bet my best clown costumes on it. There isn't a better burger or a organization in the world. 

 

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Susan Enstad Morris
Susan Enstad Morris

Don't tell me....ignorant liberals who stereotype and are racists themselves are offended here? Shocker.

Joel White
Joel White

How can they discriminate on age? The place is set up to look like the 1950's. Lol

Bob Newman
Bob Newman

It’s a fast-paced kitchen and a long time for old folks to stand on their feet.

Linda Josey
Linda Josey

When I worked at Baskin Robbins in high school, the owner only hired women.

pedrodelgado2012
pedrodelgado2012

Arellano, you are one pendejo that needs to be unemployed you stupid racist fuck.they are black people living in orange county,and stop milking the mexican culture for your own amusement you are a joke and not a funny one......inn&out does discriminate and is about time they get exposed.

 

Danny Fresco De Ulloa
Danny Fresco De Ulloa

The White boys make me the best mid rare double double extra grilled onion.... leave them alone

Brian J. Arra
Brian J. Arra

Hey, where are the minorities, oldies and males at working Hot Dog on a Stick? Where is the lawsuit for that place? Lol

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Actually, In-n-Out does discriminate...

...against lazy, shiftless, self-entitled whiners, which is why you see a lot of ambitious, courteous, and diligent Latinos, Asians, Whites, and Samoans working there,

and which is why its service is so fantastic

Rory Jordan
Rory Jordan

bitch slap em aint no one messin with my In and Out

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

It's "preposterous" because at one location in Santa Ana, In-N-Out happens to have employees that reflect the make up of the community being served? What about Anaheim, Fullerton, Buena Park, Corona, Orange, Huntington Beach, Cerritos, Brea, Placentia, Garden Grove, La Habra, Westminster, Seal Beach, San Clemente, Long Beach, Riverside, Norco, Las Vegas, Oceanside, San Francisco, etc? It's all pinche hueros (no offense hueros). No seas guey Gus!

Corey Miller
Corey Miller

They didn't hire me 20 something years ago either.... class action!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @pedrodelgado2012 Wow, did you just bleed over from the OC Register comments section? You obviously aren't familiar with the art of satire and sarcasm—otherwise, you'd get the negrito part. And how does In-n-Out discriminate? All the ones I go to have Mexis working the job—sad you and your friends couldn't get a job there because you're flojos?

Chewie
Chewie

 @JBinOC And when people say that Orange County is full of racists who hate Black people, it can't be denied, because loudmouths like JBinOC are always so quick to show their ass.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @TheRefriedMexican Let's see...the one across the street from UCI has a bunch of chinitos, the one in Whittier off I-5 has wabs and gabas, the one in Fullerton is mostly Mexi, the one in Brea mostly white (for the obvious reason), I think the one in Placentia has an Indian guy...shall I go on?

joker
joker

 @TheRefriedMexican Before you go out and say that all of these other locations discriminate, you ought to check them out first. I know for a fact that the majority of those locations have minorities on their crew. 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

 @Chewie What are you talking about?  I only said that In-n-Out discriminates against lazy, shiftless, self-entitled whiners.  Just witness the In-n-Out crew vs. other fast food restaurants. 

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