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March 30, 2015 12:48 PM ET

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Company Overview of Waffle House, Inc.

Company Overview

Waffle House, Inc. owns and operates a chain of restaurants. It offers coffee, sausage patties, bacon strips, slices of ham, eggs, slices of pie, bone steaks, hamburgers, grits, and omelets. The company was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. Waffle House, Inc. has subsidiary and franchise locations in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

5986 Financial Drive

Norcross, GA 30071

United States

Founded in 1955





Key Executives for Waffle House, Inc.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 64
Co- Founder
General Counsel
Director of Training
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Waffle House, Inc. Key Developments

A Former Employee Files Suit against Waffle House, Inc. and Mid-South Waffles Inc

A former employee of a Waffle House, Inc. has sued the restaurant's owners, seeking more than $250,000, alleging that he was illegally dismissed from his job in 2012 after complaining that he was being subjected to racial slurs in the workplace. Attorneys for Robert Lunsford of Goodlettsville, who is black, initially filed the suit against Mid-South Waffles Inc. and Waffle House Inc., of Norcross, Ga., in October 2013 in Sumner County Circuit Court, but petitioned to move the case to U.S. District Court in Nashville. Lunsford claims violations of the Tennessee Human Rights Act, including 'unlawful retaliation' by the restaurant chain for terminating his employment after he reported the alleged workplace harassment. The company denies the charges and said its own internal investigation found no evidence to support Lunsford's claims. In the suit, Lunsford said that shortly after he began working at the restaurant, he began to be subjected to a hostile work environment based on his race, African-American. A (white) female employee regularly referred to him using racially derogatory terms and he asked her to stop but she did not. Complaints to managers and a company hotline did not stop the woman's harassment, and a second white female employee also began using the same racial slurs. He filed a complaint with Waffle House corporate officials, and during an investigation of his claims, he was put on leave by the company and never called back to work. Lunsford demands a jury trial and seeks lost wages, as well as compensatory damages for emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation, loss of dignity and damage to his reputation in an amount not to exceed $250,000. Waffle House management denied Lunsford's charges and said Mid-South Waffles Inc., and Waffle House Inc., have policies in place that do not tolerate discrimination.

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