Settlement filed in Pa. Panera race bias lawsuit


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A former manager of a Panera Bread restaurant in western Pennsylvania has settled a lawsuit claiming he was fired for having a black man work as a cashier instead of in a less visible position.

A federal judge in Pittsburgh approved a motion from both parties Wednesday to dismiss the case. The settlement doesn't specify the terms.

Scott Donatelli sued Covelli Entreprises, the franchisee of the store in Mount Lebanon. Donatelli claimed he was fired in September after hip surgery but that the reason he lost his job was because he challenged Covelli's personnel rules as based on race.

Covelli, based in Warren, Ohio, has denied discrimination and said Donatelli was fired for not returning to work soon enough. Donatelli's attorney declined comment Wednesday. A Covelli spokesman didn't immediately respond.