Hal’s on Old Ivy Discriminates Against Women
Hals on Old Ivy serves food like it is the 1980s but its wait staff is more like the 1950s. Supper for two can cost you more than $100 before the tip, but no woman server in the dining room will ever see one red cent of your tip.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin (http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html), but if you speak to managers at Hal’s restaurant, they say they are exempt from that. When asked why there are no women servers on the floor, General Manager Sammy Jimez said, “Cause that’s the way we’ve always done it.”
I did say that at one time blacks and whites were not allowed to marry, and that slavery was just fine cause that was the way people here had always done it.
The irony is that Jimenez, who has a thick Hispanic accent clearly thinks it’s OK to discriminate against women but not Hispanics. Manager Brandon Hancock wasn’t fazed either by my question, Why are there no women servers in the restaurant? He said women serve in the other room. That other room is the bar. Apparently women can be bartenders or “barmaids” but cannot serve in the dining room where entrees cost more than $30.
So, how is the food? Think about food from the 1980s, lots of butter and lots of cream sauces. The food was way overpriced for the portions they give. I had expected a larger portion of Chilean sea bass for $36. Our waiter, Bobby, was nice, but I will never go to this restaurant again and urge others to ban it and all others that discriminate against hiring based solely on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Wrong is wrong no matter how long a policy has been in existence.