Hibbert also said the club retaliated against him which resulted in his eventual firing, The NY Daily News reports.
Hibbert says he complained to upper management about his mistreatment and racist practices which included “the disparate treatment by 1OAK’s door and hostess staff of black and Hispanic patrons, who are often charged up to five times as much as white patrons and seated in a separate section of the club with other persons of color.”
Richie Akiva, the owner of the swanky club responded to Hibbert’s claims on Wednesday in a statement.
“At 1 OAK, we pride ourselves on welcoming those of all legal age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and national identity as both guests and employees.”
“Hopefully this case will shine a light on discrimination faced by persons of color in upscale Manhattan clubs,” Hibbert’s lawyer, Louis Pechman, told the Daily News.