Nightside Report July 13, 2021: Ex-employees of Metro Detroit restaurant claim they experienced hostile work environment; Police make arrest, will shut down banquet hall after 1 killed, 5 hurt in shooting

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Local 4 News at 6 -- July 13, 2021

Ex-employees of Eddie Merlot’s Bloomfield Hills restaurant claim they experienced hostile work environment

DETROIT – A national restaurant chain is looking into several claims regarding hostile working conditions made by former employees.

Those claims include one about a manager using racial comments against guests.

“Just mistreating different families depending honestly on the race. I saw it firsthand. It’s been other employees who said they seen it. I heard things, I seen things,” said former Eddie Merlot’s chef, James Gaines.

Gaines said he had enough of working at the Eddie Merlot’s location in Bloomfield Hills.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 896,717; Death toll now at 19,832

Metro Detroit weather: Storms could bring damaging winds, more floods this week

Rain chances aren’t going away anytime soon. We can say the same about the muggy air. But just how hot will we get before the weekend?

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4 Fast Facts

  • Detroit police said they made an arrest and plan to shut down a problematic banquet hall after one person was killed and five others were hurt in an overnight shooting. Click here to read more.
  • The case against former Macomb County prosecutor Eric Smith continued Tuesday (July 13). Click here to read more.
  • A company in Birmingham is using the Olympics to make the return to the office a little bit smoother. Click here to read more.
  • The Troy Police Department is using drone technology to help in a variety of cases ranging from missing people to traffic crashes. Click here to read more.

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Right lane reopens on southbound I-75 in Troy following tanker truck fire

The right lane of southbound Interstate 75 in Troy has reopened Tuesday following a tanker truck fire, according to the Troy Police Department.

Police said a single lane on northbound I-75 is expected to open Wednesday.

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Board of State Canvassers certifies petition looking to strip Michigan governor of emergency powers

Forced by court order, a state board has certified a petition drive to repeal a Michigan law that was used to set major restrictions during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision means the Republican-controlled Legislature can repeal the law without intervention by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Lawmakers could also put it on the 2022 statewide ballot for voters to decide.

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About the Author:

DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.