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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OFFERS TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DENNY'S

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) announced today that his organization has offered its services to the parent company of Denny's Restaurants to investigate the latest allegation of racial discrimination against the chain.
 Joseph A. Golden, president of NELA and a principal with the Southfield law firm of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz, P.C., said the offer comes in response to a publicly stated commitment from Denny's parent company to a full investigation by an independent civil rights organization.
 "No organization is better suited than NELA to provide an independent assessment of this matter," said Golden. "I have sent the company a letter offering our services."
 The National Employment Lawyers Association, founded in 1985 and headquartered in San Francisco, has a membership of 1,600, with 50 state and local chapters. Its members represent employees in wrongful discharge, workplace discrimination, benefits claims and related matters.
 "Our membership reviews incidents of alleged discrimination every day," Golden said. "As practitioners we accept on average only 5 percent of all cases brought to us. We investigate first, then decide on whether to litigate. Any number of our members could provide an expert, balanced assessment of the Denny's situation."
 Denny's commitment to an independent investigation of its practices stems from an incident at a Maryland Denny's last month where a group of six black Secret Service agents were allegedly denied service. It was the third such incident of alleged racial discrimination at a Denny's restaurant to come to light in recent months.
 "NELA applauds Denny's for taking swift action in calling for an outside investigation in order to determine the facts so that the company can take remedial action if these allegations prove true," Golden concluded.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph A. Golden of NELA, 313-355-0300; or Nikki Grandberry of Simons Michelson Zieve, 313-362-4242, for NELA/


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