Founders Brewing Co. has closed its taproom in Detroit “until further notice.”
The move comes in the midst of a backlash stemming from a racial discrimination and retaliation lawsuit concerning the Detroit taproom’s general manager. That lawsuit was filed last year by Tracy Evans, a fired events and promotions manager, who alleges that Founders tolerated “a racist internal corporate culture” and that a number of employees used racial slurs in conversations.
“We have committed to working closely with our employees to make any changes to the company that need to be made to ensure a positive future,” reads a statement on Founders’ website. “Those conversations are underway.”
The closure of the taproom will also mean the cancelation of Founders’ 2019 Canadian Breakfast Stout bottle pickup and tapping party, which was planned the Detroit location on Nov. 1. However, the CBS release in scheduled on the same date in Founders’ home city of Grand Rapids will still be held as planned.
According to Founders, all of the employees at the Detroit taproom will be paid during the closure, “including those who have said via social media that they plan to protest during this closure, to call attention to concerns.”