Fired World of Beer Employee, Who Showed Black Patron KKK-Like Bottle, Files


A former server at World of Beer in West Hartford, who presented a bottle of Yellow Belly beer covered in a white hood to two patrons in July 2020, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.<!– <!–

By Ted Glanzer

The former World of Beer server who was fired over the summer after presenting a beer with a KKK-like hood covering to two patrons, one of whom was Black, is filing a lawsuit against the Blue Back Square bar and restaurant.

In a one-count, seven-page complaint that was filed in Superior Court in Hartford on Dec. 1, Nathan Thaller claims his employment with World of Beer was terminated after he raised concerns with WoB’s assistant manager about offering the beer – particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter movement that was roiling the country at the time – and, that the restaurant’s staff should be educated or trained about the beer to provide proper context to patrons should the beer continued to be stocked.

The lawsuit says Thaller spoke out “as a citizen on a matter of public concern” by questioning the restaurant carrying the beer and that World of Beer violated a Connecticut law that protects employees’ free speech rights under the Connecticut Constitution.

The lawsuit seeks, among other things, unspecified damages including backpay or reinstatement, punitive damages and attorneys fees.

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The complaint says at that time the Black Lives Matter movement was at the forefront of the nation’s conscience after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

The killing, according to the complaint, “resulted in a national dialogue concerning … the historic oppression of African-American males and the role of police departments nationwide in such oppression, as well the use of excessive force generally by police officers, and the proper role of police in society.”

Against that backdrop, on July 12 (the lawsuit alleges July 17, but Thaller’s attorney Michael Reilly said that is likely a mistake), two patrons, one Black and one white, went to World of Beer for dinner and, as members of the restaurant’s rewards program that awards points to participants who try new beers, asked to see a bottle of Yellow Belly beer, which they had not sampled before.

Yellow Belly is brewed in Sweden by Omnipollo, which was founded by Black man named Henok Fentie.

The beer bottle is covered in a white wrap with two black dots for eyes, a design that resembles the white hood of the infamous hate group the Ku Klux Klan. The idea for the beer, according to Fentie, who said in a statement he was the target of racism when he was a child, was to equate racists with cowards by calling them yellow bellies….



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Fired World of Beer Employee, Who Showed Black Patron KKK-Like Bottle, Files


A former server at World of Beer in West Hartford, who presented a bottle of Yellow Belly beer covered in a white hood to two patrons in July 2020, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.<!– <!–

By Ted Glanzer

The former World of Beer server who was fired over the summer after presenting a beer with a KKK-like hood covering to two patrons, one of whom was Black, is filing a lawsuit against the Blue Back Square bar and restaurant.

In a one-count, seven-page complaint that was filed in Superior Court in Hartford on Dec. 1, Nathan Thaller claims his employment with World of Beer was terminated after he raised concerns with WoB’s assistant manager about offering the beer – particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter movement that was roiling the country at the time – and, that the restaurant’s staff should be educated or trained about the beer to provide proper context to patrons should the beer continued to be stocked.

The lawsuit says Thaller spoke out “as a citizen on a matter of public concern” by questioning the restaurant carrying the beer and that World of Beer violated a Connecticut law that protects employees’ free speech rights under the Connecticut Constitution.

The lawsuit seeks, among other things, unspecified damages including backpay or reinstatement, punitive damages and attorneys fees.

World of Beer rewards program

The complaint says at that time the Black Lives Matter movement was at the forefront of the nation’s conscience after the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

The killing, according to the complaint, “resulted in a national dialogue concerning … the historic oppression of African-American males and the role of police departments nationwide in such oppression, as well the use of excessive force generally by police officers, and the proper role of police in society.”

Against that backdrop, on July 12 (the lawsuit alleges July 17, but Thaller’s attorney Michael Reilly said that is likely a mistake), two patrons, one Black and one white, went to World of Beer for dinner and, as members of the restaurant’s rewards program that awards points to participants who try new beers, asked to see a bottle of Yellow Belly beer, which they had not sampled before.

Yellow Belly is brewed in Sweden by Omnipollo, which was founded by Black man named Henok Fentie.

The beer bottle is covered in a white wrap with two black dots for eyes, a design that resembles the white hood of the infamous hate group the Ku Klux Klan. The idea for the beer, according to Fentie, who said in a statement he was the target of racism when he was a child, was to equate racists with cowards by calling them yellow bellies….



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