Kung Fu Saloon settles discrimination complaint with DOJ

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas-based bar chain Kung Fu Saloon, which has a location in Austin, has settled a discrimination complaint with the US Department of Justice.

The move comes after complaints and allegations the chain has kept out African-Americans and Asian customers, or made them wait longer, than white customers.

Kung Fu Saloon has denied it discriminated against patrons, but agreed to a list of conditions set up by the DOJ. Those include putting up a sign at the Austin, Dallas and Houston locations saying everyone is welcome. Any dress code must be put in writing and given to the DOJ.

Testing of these policies must also happen, with random screenings of people trying to enter the bar to see if employees are following the rules.

“We want everyone to feel welcome at Kung Fu Saloon, which is why we worked closely with officials to find a mutually beneficial way to settle this matter,” said spokesperson Jeff Hahn.

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