DOJ Obtains $60K Settlement Against Golden Corral for Denying Service to Family of Kid with Skin Condition
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A Westland restaurant has agreed to pay a mother and herchildren $50,000 for asking them to leave because one of the daughters had a blistering skin disorder that was making customers uncomfortable.
According to the settlement announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, the Golden Corral buffet-style restaurant also will pay $10,000 in civil penalties to the U.S. The incident happened in 2011, triggering a Justice Department lawsuit.
According to the suit, a manager at the Golden Corral restaurant demanded that Danielle Duford and her four daughters leave the restaurant during a dinner outing because of the appearance of one of the children’s skin. The child, the suit said, has a genetic skin disorder known as epidermolysis bullosa, which causes blisters to form on the skin in response to minor injuries and temperature changes.