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African-Americans Sue Apple Over Racial Discrimination At Apple Store

Apple has found itself stuck in yet another legal complication after two African-American men dragged the company into the court alleging of racial discrimination against them at an Apple Store in Manhattan.

The complainants named Nile Charles, 25 and Brian Johnston, 34, filed a federal law suit against the tech heavyweight from California after a white Apple employee allegedly asked them to leave the store only because of their race.

According to the Charles and Johnston, the Apple employee at the company’s retail store at 1981 Broadway , presumably in his 50’s, told them (opens in new tab), “Before you say I'm racially discriminating against you, let me stop you. I am discriminating against you. I don't want 'your kind' hanging out in the store.” reports Apple Insider.

The lawsuit filed by the duo also claimed that another Apple employee approached them and said, "Now you have to go. If you want to know why, it's because I said so. Consider me God. You have to go."

The lawsuit was filed in February 2011 itself; barely a couple of months later from the alleged discrimination took place. But quite surprisingly the matter remained under wraps for a long time before it was finally uncovered.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.