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I can't sleep! I went to a restaurant chain and saw a racist ad in their restaurant! And so, can I sue for discrimination?

Chicago, IL |

The ad didn't had slur or any words in it but it had people in a way that literally look racist. I don't feel comfortable now.

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  1. Best answer

    You should probably not patronize that restaurant.

    If you feel you've been harmed directly, contact a lawyer who handles civil rights cases.

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  2. How were you discriminated against? The restaurant has no duty to make sure you "feel comfortable". I can not see anything in your post that evenly remotely hints at discrimination, but you should contact a local Chicago attorney to verify.

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  3. No, but you can gather some friends and picket the restaurant to take it down.


  4. If you do not feel comfortable, do not patronize that restaurant. Your don't seem to have a basis for a lawsuit. We are sorry you cannot sleep.


  5. No.

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  6. It is not illegal to target a demographic and to do so crudely or offensively. Nor is it a cause of action for discrimination or otherwise when someone does.

    You cannot sue every time you're offended. In fact, very rarely can you sue simply because you're offended. Here in america, we let people speak their minds, regardless of the offensiveness to a particular race or group. That's freedom.

    If you weren't prevented from eating at this restaurant based on your race and you weren't denied employment, you have no race-based claim.

    Best of luck.

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