Red Robin restaurant staff concealed semen in salad after Portland customer alleged racial discrimination, lawsuit hears

A Red Robin restaurant in Clackamas served a disgusting salad dressing to a man who expressed anger that employees racially discriminated against his family, a new lawsuit has heard.

The Portland resident – identified in court documents only by his initials, TC – consumed “a decent amount” of the garden salad before realizing human semen had been hidden inside the leafy greens, said his lawyer.

The civil suit seeks $1 million in damages from Red Robin for sexual abuse, neglect and racial discrimination against the man, who is black, according to the lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

“He thinks it was done on purpose – that someone targeted him because of the color of his skin,” said Jason Kafoury, the man’s attorney. “He was really traumatized by it.”

A spokesperson for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the alleged incident has been reported to authorities and is being investigated.

Court documents say the man went to Red Robin, 12560 SE 93rd Ave., for a family dinner on March 24, 2021, when servers asked to separately seat members of his party of eight, who was mostly black and included several children.

The man noticed other large groups of white customers were seated together and “brought those concerns to the attention” of management, according to the lawsuit. Restaurant manager Jason Fosberg then called the group a “big gang,” according to the lawsuit, which does not accuse Fosberg of tainting the salad.

Fosberg deferred his comments to Red Robin company officials, who did not respond to questions by email.

After discovering the soiled salad, TC took several photos of the substance in a napkin, according to Kafoury.

“He started throwing up,” Kafoury said, adding that hospital staff diagnosed his client with anxiety and nausea later that night. “It was horrible.”

Laboratory tests later confirmed the substance was human genetic material, Kafoury said.

When sheriff’s investigators asked Red Robin for a list of the men working in the restaurant that night, management initially said they didn’t have access to those records due to a ‘hacking’. , but then provided the information, Kafoury said.

The sheriff’s office declined to comment on details of the ongoing investigation.

—Zane Sparling; [email protected]; 503-319-7083; @pdxzane

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