I have a confession to make: I love In-N-Out Burger. As with any type of fast food, you can’t eat it frequently, but it’s amazingly good when you do. Both of my sons worked for In-N-Out; and the company has some of the best employees and managers in the fast food industry. They pride themselves in being a well-meaning Christian company. They pay more than anyone else in the industry and treat their employees with respect. Unfortunately, two plaintiffs, both of whom are black and older than 40, were rejected for employment and, after seeing an attorney, filed a class action lawsuit.
Companies such as In-N-Out can face discrimination and disparate impact type claims because their statistics for hiring don’t match the general applicant pool. If this proves out to be the case is there in fact a bias? I don’t see it and doubt if the company practices any systemic discrimination. The only bias I can see is that In-N-Out demands a high level of performance from its employees. Very simply, if you’re too old to move quickly, you’re going to get run over by a quicker and probably younger employee. I would like to think that regardless of your age, race, or sex, if you can play team the In-N-Out Burger way and produce as efficiently as the other workers, you certainly deserve a job.
My favorite comment among all the comments posted about this case (with more than 90% pro In-N-Out) was:
“Actually, In-n-Out does discriminate…
…against lazy, shiftless, self-entitled whiners, which is why you see a lot of ambitious, courteous, and diligent Latinos, Asians, whites, and Samoans working there, and which is why its service is so fantastic.”