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Golden Corral Sued For Racial Discrimination

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Roanoke, Va. – An African-American family, alleging racial discrimination in public accommodations by Golden Corral, has taken legal action in Federal Court after being subjected to harassment by employees and management of the Golden Corral restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia.

In a case that exposes a bleak reality concerning racial discrimination in our communities, Leah Williams and her family suffered what they feel was racism at the hands of management and staff of the Golden Corral restaurant in Roanoke, Va. Falsely accused of stealing chicken wings by an employee, the Williams family were jeered at, treated as common criminals, and after video evidence cleared them of the false allegations, banned from the Golden Corral restaurant in Roanoke without justifiable cause.

The incident, much of it caught on tape by the Williams family, harkens back to a struggle in this country for fairness in public accommodations. While many believe this fight for justice has been long since won, this incident (and incidents like it that occur every day) demonstrate just how far we need to go to achieve fairness and justice in our communities.

Nexus Services Inc. is funding this lawsuit in order to protect the rights of minorities related to public accommodations in Virginia. The lawsuit is being funded as part of the company’s “Access to Justice” project. The company believes that civil rights statutory protections are meaningless if individuals who face discrimination are unable to bring their claims to court. For this reason, Nexus funds litigation where the rights of individuals must be protected. The company has a 24-hour hotline for people across the United States, who believes that their civil rights have been violated.

Mike Donovan, President and CEO of Nexus Services, said, “Platinum Corral, the Golden Corral franchise owner, has a responsibility to lead in this instance. While they’ve had several weeks to investigate this horrific example of racial bias in public accommodations, their social media apologies ring hollow in the face of their continued employment of racists who have demonstrated their frank willingness to use their positions to discriminate against African-Americans in the community. Platinum Corral and their employees must be held accountable for violating federal anti-discrimination laws.”

Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. is one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services in the country.  Nexus Caridades, Inc. is committed to standing up for victims of abuse by government agencies and officials.

Nexus Services, Inc. is a leading provider of immigrant bail securitization and electronic monitoring. The organization funds Nexus Caridades Attorneys, Inc. as part of its corporate giving and in an effort to increase access to justice for disadvantaged people across the United States.



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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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