Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is suing the pizza chain he based following his ouster final month. Schnatter had already stepped down as CEO in January, after blaming poor gross sales on the NFL for not adequately responding to participant protests throughout the nationwide anthem. Then, whereas on a July convention name with a public relations agency employed to assist the corporate refurbish its picture, Schnatter complained, “Colonel Sanders known as blacks n*****s and Sanders by no means confronted public outcry.”

The PR agency shortly terminated the contract, Schnatter was eliminated as chairman of Papa John’s board, and he additionally stepped down from the College of Louisville’s board of trustees. Now the man suing his former company, strolling again his admission to utilizing a racial slur, alleging he was ousted in a “heavy-handed means,” and claiming that his alternative shouldn’t be the fitting man for CEO. So, in honor of Schnatter’s present authorized battle with Papa John’s, here is a roundup of a number of the firm’s prior litigation.

1. Papa John’s Receipt Fiasco: When a Company’s Racist Act Goes Viral

Again in 2012, a Papa John’s retailer worker typed out a buyer’s identify was “woman chinky eyes” on her receipt. That buyer, communications supervisor for an investigative journalism non-profit Minhee Cho, tweeted an image of the offending receipt. And though Cho declined to file a lawsuit, the corporate apologized on Twitter and the shop proprietor terminated the worker and carried out sensitivity trainings.

2. Papa John’s Lawsuit Seeks $250M for Spam Texts

Later that very same 12 months, Papa John’s did get sued — not for racist messages on receipts, however for dozens of unsolicited textual content messages containing pizza promotions. A couple of enterprising franchise house owners employed a third-party messaging service to spam former prospects with a stream of gives, usually in the midst of the night time, and all with out their consent, making the texts a violation of federal legislation.

3. Papa John’s Racist Voicemail Spurs CEO Apology

It seems Schnatter wasn’t the one one casually dropping the N-word across the workplace. The previous CEO needed to difficulty an apology after a supply driver unintentionally butt-dialed a buyer a left a 4-minute, racial slur- and expletive-laden voicemail complaining a couple of $5 tip. “Buddies, I’m extraordinarily involved to study concerning the reprehensible language utilized by two former workers in one in all our eating places,” Schnatter stated on the time. “Their considering and actions defy each my private and the corporate’s values, and all the pieces for which this firm stands.”

4. Pizza Chief Steps Down Over NFL Speech; Should Companies Just Stuff It?

Just a few years later, nonetheless, racial points had Schnatter and his firm again within the headlines. The previous CEO blamed the NFL for his firm’s flagging gross sales, claiming the league’s “management has harm Papa John’s shareholders,” on a convention name with analysts, referring to nationwide anthem protests by soccer gamers, which he felt “ought to have been nipped within the bud a 12 months and a half in the past.” “Good or dangerous, management begins on the high,” Schnatter stated, “and that is an instance of poor management.”

And Schnatter ought to know.

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