Waffle House University tells budding young supervisors of its national restaurant chain that, “The people behind the counter dictate who walks through the door.”

But that policy is, in reality, code for a corporate practice that largely segregates black employees among Waffle Houses in predominantly black neighborhoods, according to a former supervisor’s federal suit against the Norcross-based restaurant chain. Gantt v. Waffle House, Inc., No. 1-00-CV-0504 (N.D. Ga. filed Feb. 25, 2000.)

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