African American couple suing 7-Eleven for discrimination
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tesfazghi Woldeab and his wife Bisrat Andemicael, who are Eritrean refugees, set out to buy a 7-Eleven franchise last year. Both had experience managing AM/PM stores. They found an owner of franchise in Encinitas who was willing to sell. According to the lawsuit, the owner believed the couple met the corporation's financial Work and personal requirements to run a franchise.
But during an interview with a 7-Eleven representative, Woldeab and Andemicael were told they were required to take a psychological test. The couple later learned they were given the test because they were Black. Their request to purchase a franchise was later rejected by 7-Eleven.
A company spokesperson did not return calls for comment. Amita Sharma, KPBS News.
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