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Restaurant owners speak out after employee accuses them of racially motivated firing

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Detroit — A couple that owns several restaurants in the city is speaking out after an employee who was fired last month claimed the move was racially motivated.

Green Dot Stables issued a statement Monday regarding the firing of Christine Turner after several employees were reportedly threatened online, over the phone and in person in the aftermath.

Christine and Jacques Driscoll rejected Turner’s claims of racial discrimination, saying “the current narrative regarding what happened is simply not accurate.”

The protests were sparked the week of May 24 after  Turner said she had been working at the restaurant for about a week as a server when she was fired for saying a term she said she uses to describe herself. 

Turner says she was reprimanded for using the term “light skin” when referring to herself and another coworker while working a shift. A white employee overheard the conversation, sparking an argument into what group of people has the right to use the term, Turner said. 

Turner was fired the next day and dozens protested outside the restaurant through the weekend; at the time the restaurant declined to comment.

Turner continues to protest daily, according to a post on her Facebook page. 

According to Turner, she was fired without a conversation from her manager regarding whether her language violated any restaurant policies. 

“I’m just really confused as to why they terminated me instead of just talking to me,” Turner said during a protest on May 25. 

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