MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Contact: Jordan Romanus, 724-833-5158, Jordan@rocunited.org

THIS WEDNESDAY: Pennsylvania Darden Restaurant Workers Demand Olive Garden Management Stop Harassing Unjustly Fired Olive Garden Employee

Olive Garden Waging Unemployment Fight with Former Long-time Employee

Pittsburgh, P.A. — On Wednesday, a delegation of restaurant workers and community activists, including worker-members of the Pittsburgh chapter of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), the largest restaurant workers’ advocacy organization in the country, will deliver a letter in support of a recently unfairly terminated employee to the management of the Olive Garden located in Washington, Pennsylvania.

After working at Olive Garden for three years, Lori Seaman, a mother of five, was terminated from Olive Garden after voicing concerns regarding management favoritism. Now she is fighting the Darden-owned restaurant in the courts to receive unemployment while she looks for a new job.

The delegation will insist that Olive Garden “back off” and cease the unnecessary and damaging delay of unemployment benefits from which Lori Seaman is rightly due. The delegation’s demands are outlined in the letter they will deliver to management.

WHO: Members of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pittsburgh [AND OTHER GROUPS/ORGS?]

WHAT:  Delegation urging Olive Garden to drop unemployment fight with former employee

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:00pm

WHERE: Olive Garden, 371 Washington Road, Washington, PA 15301

“It’s incredibly frustrating that after three years of hard work that I would be treated with so much hostility and disrespect by Olive Garden’s management,” said Lori Seaman. “Why is a multi-billion dollar restaurant corporation fighting something that I’m rightfully owed and need to support my family while I continue to look for work? Although I’m incredibly grateful for the support of my fellow restaurant workers and community members, I hope no one else has to put up with this from Darden. That’s why I’m proud to be part of the Dignity At Darden campaign and stand up for better treatment from companies like Olive Garden.”

The Dignity At Darden campaign is a restaurant-worker led effort to demand fair wages and employment practices from Darden Restaurants Inc. — the largest full-service restaurant corporation in the world and parent company to Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse, Eddie V’s, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.

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For more information, please visit dignityatdarden.org