Sunday 17th December 2017,

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Ξ Comments are off Lawsuit Claims 7-Eleven Targets Indian Store Ownership

posted by ShirleyNLew

7 ElevenA lawsuit filed in December alleges the 7-Eleven corporation removed franchise ownership from South Asians, so they could place the stores back under corporate ownership, reported

Ian Shehaiber, a former employee that filed the lawsuit in Middlesex County, NJ tells he was responsible for an initiative called, “Operation Take-Back” or the Philadelphia Project. The mission was “to rid the 7-Eleven system of South Asian (particularly Indian) franchisees who were deemed to be no longer part of 7-Eleven’s vision,” according to the lawsuit.

7-Eleven claimed some stores have been stealing which is why the initiative was planned.

Shehaiber’s lawyer Gerald Marks writes “Since 2012, 7-Eleven has taken action to dehumanize, harshly ridicule, interrogate and disenfranchise Indian franchisees for the purpose of re-taking their stores and re-selling them at a profit.” Shehaiber even said he attended meetings that included racist remarks towards the Indians.

Margaret Chabris, a spokeswoman for the 7-Eleven corporation based in Dallas, TX confirms the company suspects some franchisees have been stealing from the company,  but denied the lawsuit’s claims 7-Eleven is discriminating against South Asians. reports that Shehaiber believes he was eventually fired in January 2013 because of his Christian faith and his supervisor’s alleged “contempt for non-Muslim people.”

Last week, 7-Eleven asked the case to be moved to a U.S. District Court because it involved federal labor and discrimination laws.

You can read more about 7-Eleven’s response to the lawsuit and the allegations in

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