Olive Garden fires manager who agreed to customer's request for non-black server: report
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The manager of an Olive Garden in Indiana who complied with a customer’s demand for a server who was not black has been fired.

Amira Donahue, a hostess at the chain’s Evansville location, told NBC News on Wednesday that the customer complained to the manager about both her and another black hostess working on Saturday evening.

"She made comments about me to my co-workers concerning my race and saying that I should work at a strip club instead," Donahue said. "She asked if I'm even black and if I am from here."


Donahue added the customer, a white woman, then loudly demanded that the manager replace her table’s black server, and the manager complied.

A customer, Maxwell Robbins, described witnessing the incident in a Facebook post that has been shared more than 2,500 times, later updating it to say the manager in question had been fired.

"As a result of our investigation, we made the decision to separate with the manager involved," Meagan Bernstein, a spokeswoman for Olive Garden, said on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

"We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and the manager involved no longer works for our company," a spokesperson for Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden's parent company, told The Hill.