Guy Fieri says discrimination claim stemming from Hempfield restaurant 'has been resolved'

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Jun. 30—Celebrity chef Guy Fieri in an interview with The New York Times this week said a situation involving a former line cook who alleged racial discrimination at Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar at Live! Casino Pittsburgh in Hempfield was resolved.

"The situation has been resolved," Fieri said. "And I think that, unfortunately, I don't have enough to tell you about it."

Former line cook Nate Ridley, 46, of East Pittsburgh filed a suit in April with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he was subjected to racial discrimination, harassment and workplace retaliation.

Ridley, who is Black, said at an April gathering outside the casino at Westmoreland Mall that he was among the first employees hired at the eatery and helped open the facility. At the gathering, Ridley said things began to sour in January when an angry manager yelled at another employee to turn his music down and used a racial pejorative.

"The day it happened, he stood right in front of me and said the 'n-word' and never even said he was sorry," Ridley said in April. "He said it as easily as if he was asking for a side of ranch."

Ridley also alleged he was being paid $13 an hour when a white employee with less experience was making $15 an hour.

At the time, Tom Meinert, spokesman for the owners of Live! Casino Pittsburgh and Fieri's restaurant, said, "The allegation that our compensation varies by race is simply false."

Ridley could not be reached for comment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did not provide an update on the suit.

Fieri noted during The New York Times interview that if a situation comes up at any of his restaurants "we get involved and address it."

Megan Tomasic is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, or via Twitter .