INDIANAPOLIS—Father of two Peter Wang says his young daughter is now traumatized after a visit to the Castleton Chuck E. Cheese's.
"She doesn't want to go anywhere near the Chuck E. Cheese's."
Wang says McGill called him racial slurs. He says after days going back and forth, corporate officials with Chuck E. Cheese's issued the family an apology. But Kim Wang, Peter's wife, felt the apology was half-hearted.
The couple also feels the chain isn't properly screening prospective employees like McGill. The Wang's did a basic criminal check online and found McGill was arrested for DWI and assault. They say police records also show McGill had a history of racist behavior involving minorities.
"This surprised me that a kid friendly place would hire him. It makes me question what they do in hiring people," said Peter Wang.
"I think we had to do something to get their attention," said Kim Wang. The family has filed a 5-million dollar lawsuit against the children's restaurant alleging discrimination and confinement. They say McGill ordered Wang to stay in the restaurant until he allowed him to leave. The Wang's attorney, Kent Roberts is meeting with Chuck E. Cheese's corporate attorneys Wednesday. Roberts feels the chain may want to settle the case. Roberts is also working on another lawsuit alleging racism and discrimination in another incident in January.
Elisha Gray says she experienced discrimination at the restaurant where she brought her son to celebrate his 3rd birthday.
"I definitely feel we were treated differently," said Elisha, who is African-American. "The fact we were the only black family that had to stand up and eat pizza."
Elisha says the manager, Ken McGill, wouldn't seat her family. Elisha says there were empty booths all over the restaurant but McGill refused to seat them at any of them other than two booths in the game area. " When I asked for more seats he told us if we sat down he would call the cops." And that's just what McGill did. Police who responded told Elisha she did nothing wrong. " They didn't understand why he had called them to the scene."