Line Cook Settles Discrimination Suit Against Davis Restaurant

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DAVIS — A line cook who had claimed she was fired from Osteria Fasulo in Davis for speaking Spanish has reached a settlement with the restaurant.

Francisca Perez says she worked at Osteria Fasulo for over a decade, and claims she was fired for speaking Spanish to a new waitress. She filed her case with the Center for Workers’ Rights in Sacramento.

Tuesday, the Center for Workers’ Rights announced a settlement — which included an undisclosed financial payment.

Perez issued a statement Tuesday:

I’m thankful for the apology from Osterio Fasulo and to feel a sense of justice for what I experienced.

While the process was difficult, I’m proud that I demonstrated to my son that it is important to confront mistreatment.

Larry Kazanjian, the attorney representing the restaurant, also issued a statement which reads in part:

Osteria Fasulo is a family business that employs a multicultural staff. Mr. Fasulo believes he treats all of his employees with dignity and respect. He trusts that with this chapter behind him he can continue to be a vibrant part of the Davis restaurant scene providing diners with both a positive experience and a gastronomical treat.

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