Founders co-founder responds to controversy

Founders co-founder responds to controversy


3 SUE:..FOUNDERS BREWING COMPANY IS SHUTTING DOWN ITS DETROIT TAPROOM.IT COMES AMID CONTROVERSY STEMMING FROM A LAWSUIT ALLEGING RACIAL DISCRIMINATION BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE. THE TAPROOM MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS MORNING. SAYING IT WOULD BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 3 NEWS 8’S HEATHER WALKER SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THE COMPANY TODAY ABOUT THE DECISION — AND RECENT BACKLASH. SHE’S LIVE DOWNTOWN TONIGHT. 3 HEATHER:..THE FOUNDERS HERE IN GRAND RAPIDS IS UNAFFECTED. FOUNDERS EMPLOYEES DOWN IN DETROIT WILL BE PAID DURING THE SHUT DOWN. THE COFOUNDERS SAY THESE CHANGES ARE JUST UNTIL THE DUST SETTLES. 3 (((CO FOUNDER DAVE ENGBERS))) 14:45:24 ” WHY DID YOU MAKE THAT DECISION?” ” WELL THERE’S A LOT OF TENSION DOWN THERE RT NOW AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR EMPLOYEES WE FELT LIKE THE BEST THING TO DO TO SUPPORT THEM WAS TO SHUT THE TAPROOM DOWN.” FORMER FOUNDERS EMPLOYEE TRACY EVANS IS ALLEGING THAT HE WAS FIRED BECAUSE OF HIS RACE. EVANS IS BLACK. FUELING THE FIRE, A LEAKED DEPOSITION. WHERE THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE DETROITTTAPROOM DOMINIC RYAN, SAID THAT HE COULD NOT DETERMINE EVANS RACE.”I DON’T KNOW TRACY’S LINEAGE, SO I CAN’T SPECULATE ON WHETHER HE’S – IF HE’S FROM AFRICA OR NOT,” 14:49:38 ” SOME PEOPLE ARE UPSET BY THE GM’S WORDS AND SOME PEOPLE FIND IT INSINCERE. THAT THE GM SAID HE DIDN’T KNOW THE EMPLOYEES RACE.” ” THE DEPOSITION WAS LEAKED AND WE ARE REALLY, IT’S A REALLY UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. WE DO NOT STAND BY HIS DEPOSITION. FROM DAY ONE WE HAD KNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT TRACY EVANS IS AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN. HE WAS A TEAM MEMBER HERE AT FOUNDERS FOR MANY YEARS. I CANNOT SPECULATE AT WHAT DON WAS THINKING AT THAT TIME.” FOUNDERS CO FOUNDER DAVE ENGBERS ADDS THAT THE ALLEGATION THAT TRACY WAS FIRED BECAUSE OF HIS RACE IS FALSE. 14:48:46 ” UNFORTUNATELY OUR EMPLOYEE THE 3 FORMER EMPLOYEE WAS UNABLE TO DO THE JOB THAT WE PAID HIM TO DO.”14:50:18 ” IS FOUNDERS A COMPANY THAT ALLOWS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND OR HARASSMENT TO TAKE PLACE?” ” ABSOLUTELY NOT. FOUNDERS BREWING COMPANY HAS BEEN ABOUT CELEBRATING PEOPLE FROM ALL DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE. AND HAS BEEN FROM DAY ONE. IT’S REALLY THE REASON THAT MIKE AND I GOT INDUSTRY BECAUSE WE FEEL SO STRONGLY THAT WE FEEL SO INDUSTRY BECAUSE WE FEEL SO STRONGLY THAT BEER IS THE CONDUIT THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER.” 3 HEATHER:.. 3 THE GM WAS FIRED. DETROIT MEDIA OUTLETS AREN’T REPORTING THAT SOME STORES AND BARS ARE PULLING FOUNDERS FROM THEIR TAPS AND SHELVES. WE CHECKED LOCALLY AND HAVE NOT FOUND THAT HAPPENING HERE. THERE ARE ALSO REPORTS OF A PEACEFUL PROTEST PLANNED FOR SATURDAY IN DETROIT. 3 3

2 thoughts on “Founders co-founder responds to controversy”

  1. Attorneys coach the people being deposed on what to say and insist that you don’t speculate or make assumptions regardless of how obvious the answers may seem. I know it sounds ridiculous to respond you’re not sure the guy is black but that was likely the answer he was asked to give. I don’t understand the outrage over the deposition responses.

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