Reggie and Amy Pretto, an African-American couple from Montclair, have joined in a lawsuit filed by Priti Shetty, of Montvale, against Dunkin Donuts Franchised Restaurants, LLC, claiming that the coffee and donut company discriminates against African-American and Indian Women of Color.
Ms. Shetty and the Prettos are represented by the law firm of Marks & Klein, LLP of Red Bank, NJ. In the lawsuit filed with the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County, Shetty claims she was “personally victimized by Dunkin’s discriminatory policies and harassment at the hands of Dunkin’s operations managers, which conduct is typical of Dunkin’s discrimination against not only Indian females but against women of color.” Shetty claims the company officials prevented her from opening in Northern New Jersey a third store that was later assigned to a white male franchisee and claims she was blocked from returning to the franchisee fold once she had sold her stores.
The Prettos joined the lawsuit alleging they “invested their time, money and significant resources into the development of three less desirable Dunkin’ locations after having been illegally “steered” by Dunkin away from their home New York/New Jersey area to open stores in less economically favorable areas in Maryland, which stores ultimately failed financially.” The lawsuit states that “Dunkin representatives, however, lied to the Prettos and falsely indicated that no SDAs were available in the New York/New Jersey regional area.”
The lawsuit states that, “[u]pon further information and belief, Dunkin does not have any African American multi-unit franchisees, female or male OR Asian Indian American women of color multi-unit franchisees in New Jersey, Connecticut and/or Rhode Island.” It continues, “As far as Indian American women and African-Americans, female or male, are concerned, Dunkin’s slogan should be “Dunkin Runs on Discrimination’ rather than ‘America Runs on Dunkin’.“
Plaintiffs seek both equitable relief and money. Read the lawsuit in its entirety here.