JaY & Marcus's Story - Washington, D.C. Area
"I am fighting to make it a better place for everyone who comes after me and to change the situation for people that are still there but choose to keep silent."
- Jay Cropps, former bartender, Capital Grille, Chevy Chase, MD
"Me personally, as a black man, discrimination is all I have ever known. All my family has known and all we have known in history."
- Marcus Dijon, former server, Capital Grille, Chevy Chase, MD
Jay and Marcus worked at The Capital Grille in Chevy Chase, MD for close to two years - Jay as a bartender, Marcus as a server - before they were unjustly terminated in the spring of 2011. A few months before Jay and Marcus were fired, several company representatives met with management to discuss concerns about the company’s image. “After that meeting there was a lot of heat on the Black servers,” Marcus recalled. The Capital Grille’s regional manager told the General Manager that he wanted certain servers gone because they “didn’t fit the company image.” Upper management wanted to remove Black front of the house workers, and this served as an excuse.