Michael K. Hurst Appears in the Texas Lawyer on Sonic Apology for Racial Profiling
LPHS partner, Michael K. Hurst, and Shonn Brown, deputy general counsel and VP at Kimberly-Clark, appear in the Texas Lawyer about Sonic's apology for racial profiling. Last week, a Sonic employee threatened to call the police on Brown's son and a group of his African American friends for standing in the Sonic parking lot. Later, Sonic's regional director of operations confirmed with Brown that there is no policy prohibiting customers from standing in the parking lot. Sonic issued an apology on June 7th and is revising its policy to better handle these matters with all guests moving forward.
Brown said that she appreciated “Sonic acknowledging what happened and responding to the direct issue—that these teens were profiled and Sonic has a need to look at its policies particularly around training and the black customer experience.”
Hurst added, “while they appear to have taken steps forward, in my humble opinion, they (and other companies in America) can and should be doing a lot more,” Hurst wrote in an email. “I know Shonn and her family, the other families and I would all welcome the opportunity to help Sonic become part of a growing awareness and solution to racial intolerance.”
Both Brown and Hurst are doing everything they can to improve the situation and to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
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