Kung Fu Saloon in Uptown Dallas is accused of racist business practices, like using its dress code to deny entrance to minority customers and not applying the code to white customers.
“I never saw any white people getting turned away,” said Stephanie Guidry, a former employee.
Guidry was an event coordinator at the bar from September of 2012 to January of 2013. She said managers told employees to screen customers, not only when people came to the bar in person, but over the phone.
“I would have to call them up on the phone and speak to them on the phone,” she said. “And listen to their accent — listen to see if they sounded ghetto or too Asian.”
“Ghetto,” she said, was a code word for black. In those instances, she was supposed to say the bar was booked.
And if she didn’t, “There were comments made to me, like, ‘Why is it so dark in here? Why is it so Asian in here? Did you not screen these phone calls?’”
Last month, a social media campaign was launched against the bar when DeAndre Upshaw said he was told he violated unposted dress codes while wearing the same attire as white customers who were allowed in. Back then, managers told News 8 it was investigating and insisted they serve a diverse crowd. They later posted a dress code in compliance with Dallas city codes.
Guidry was terminated over what she said were false claims shortly after she booked a party for Asian friends.