Attorneys Mark Thomsen and William Sulton of Gingras, Thomsen and Wachs Lawyers have filed a lawsuit with the Milwaukee County Circuit Court against Inspire Brands, Inc. in response to an assault and battery incident occurring at its Glendale Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurant in September of 2018.
Citing negligence and racial discrimination, the complaint details that plaintiff Najjar H. Abdullah, Jr. was assaulted with pepper spray by an armed security guard who lacked the proper licensing and permits.
“Attorney Sulton and I are honored to represent Mr. Abdullah in his fight to end racist business practices by Inspire Brands, Inc. d/b/a Buffalo Wild Wings after it allowed our client to be attacked and pepper sprayed by its white security guard for simply asking for a take-out order for his daughter,” said Mark Thomsen.
Plaintiff Najjar H. Abdullah, Jr. visited the Buffalo Wild Wings location at 590 West Northshore Drive in the City of Glendale, Wisconsin, to pick up dinner with his 15-year-old daughter following a high school football game.
Upon entering the restaurant, Abdullah, an African-American man, was angrily approached by a white security guard who stated that patrons need to be 21 years of age to enter. Abdullah’s daughter exited the restaurant before he approached the front desk to place a to-go order.
As Abdullah began speaking with the store manager, the security guard intervened in their conversation, unlawfully pushed Abdullah in the chest and then pepper sprayed him in the eyes, face, neck and head causing immense pain and injury.
The security guard additionally used profanities aimed at Abdullah and threatened to pepper spray his daughter.
Following the incident, the security guard called the police and falsely told them that Abdullah had been disorderly. The Buffalo Wild Wings store manager corroborated these false statements.
As a result of the false statements, Abdullah was arrested, handcuffed, put in the back of a squad car, driven to the police station, photographed, fingerprinted and issued a citation for disorderly conduct. The City of Glendale Municipal Court dismissed the citation on January 20, 2020.
Read the full complaint here.