Aussie chef sues Belle Meade Country Club for discrimination

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:25pm

An Australian chef is suing the Belle Meade Country Club for discrimination based on his nationality.

According to the complaint, Richard Jones worked at the club for more than a year and claims the executive sous chef at the guarded country club repeatedly berated him. The lawsuit was moved from Davidson County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court on Thursday.

“On numerous occasions, the Executive Sous Chef made comments regarding Australia and its characteristics, such as its people being unrefined, undeveloped and that it is a backwards nation,” the complaint reads.

In addition, the executive sous chef, Jones’ supervisor, allegedly called Jones a “Fosters-swilling Aussie bastard,” among other demeaning names.

Jones also claims he was unlawfully fired from the club in 2010, a result of the treatment of the executive sous chef. The lawsuit asks for $150,000 in punitive damages for lost wages, and $150,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering.

Calls to both attorneys in the case were not returned on Friday afternoon.

In December 2011, Belle Meade Country Club was deemed to practice “invidious discrimination” by a federal judicial panel after they reprimanded a Nashville judge for belonging to the club. The club restricts women memberships and only has one African-American member, according to a Nashville Scene article.

11 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 1/7/12 at 3:51

This situation is insane. The Sous chef should be fired.
Australia is "backwards" as compared to what? This place?

By: Rasputin72 on 1/7/12 at 7:54

I have spent many many months in Australia. I would have to say easily that the average Australian is much more sophisticated than the average American. In fact this ex Australian employee of BMCC is a pretty sharp fellow. Without a penny invested he has a lawyer throwing a case against a club that the average $50,000 dollar a year family in Davidson County despises. The lawyer will split his earnings from this case with the Australian and the Sous chef will be fired at BMCC.

The BMCC membership will not dare let this case go to a jury made up of "average" Nashvillians.

By: tomba1 on 1/7/12 at 10:56

Sounds more like some ambulance-chasing lawyer looking for a payday to me. Find some dismissed employee who perhaps can't find a job and is sucking on some sour grapes, bring in an irrelevant media "reporter" to garner public "sympathy", then use all of that to whine and moan about the social injustice until somebody writes a check. Then start all over and do it again. Perhaps BMCC should offer this lawyer an opportunity to join the Club. He certainly would be amongst birds of a feather.

Wonder where the guards are hiding for what the "reporter" calls "the guarded country club". If that's the case, there must certainly be high-tech security measures in place which might even include a fence.

And just what does this "reporter's" addendum have to do with the dismissal of a cook ?
"In December 2011, Belle Meade Country Club was deemed to practice “indivious discrimination” by a federal judicial panel after they reprimanded a Nashville judge for belonging to the club. The club restricts women memberships and only has one African-American member, according to a Nashville Scene article."

Guess he burned the wrong person's cheeseburger. Could have happened anywhere.

By: Rasputin72 on 1/8/12 at 8:13

tomba, to answer your question about the writer, please refer to my statement where the people earning less than $50,000 dollars a year despise those that are members of BMCC.

BMCC is a private club and not open to riff raff or for that matter rich people men or women who do not meet the "standard culture" required in this club.

By: tomba1 on 1/8/12 at 9:22

OK.

I daresay your phrase "the people earning less than $50,000 dollars a year despise those that are members of BMCC" is merely one of personal opinion and speculation on your part.

However I, too, would speculate, but differently, that the vast majority of people earning less than $50,000 per year could not care less about the members at BMCC while there may be some number of people at all income levels who may despise the membership for their own personal reasons. The basis for my speculation lies in your second comment that "BMCC is a private club and not open to riff raff or for that matter rich people men or women who do not meet the "standard culture" required in this club".

But, again I ask, what does this have to do with an article about the "plight" of a lawyered-up, terminated "chef" looking for a $300,000 payday, which, except for its' last 2 sentences, seems to be the point of the "reporter's" article or is it?

.... and I'll have the caramel fudge ball for dessert please, thank-you.

By: dargent7 on 1/9/12 at 6:42

BMCC is 75% comprised of millionaires and lawyers.
I'd rather frequent Folsom State prison for a holiday meal.
You're libel to meet a better class of people.

By: Ingleweird on 1/9/12 at 8:54

Paul,
Your libelous use of the English language is liable to ridicule.

By: glancaster on 1/9/12 at 10:18

Wow. Two articles on the same day related to the old money rich and famous of Belle Meade. Inequality for all!

By: brrrrk on 1/9/12 at 10:49

Rasputin72 said

"tomba, to answer your question about the writer, please refer to my statement where the people earning less than $50,000 dollars a year despise those that are members of BMCC.

BMCC is a private club and not open to riff raff or for that matter rich people men or women who do not meet the "standard culture" required in this club."

Spoken by someone who buys $600 shoes and $2000 handbags...

By: NewYorker1 on 1/9/12 at 11:33

Why would anybody want to be a member of this club? They don't allow women in 2012. That's insane and I would be embarrassed to be a member of something like that. The one African-American member should be ashamed and he HAS TO BE an Uncle Tom SOB to belong to this club. I hope the club burns down to the ground and all of it's discriminating members develop some insane case of an incurable cancer and suffer for three long years with it. LOL....

By: Left-of-Local on 1/9/12 at 3:00

Whoah-whoah-whoah-whoah... WHOAH!

Belle Meade Country Club filled with racist/xenophobic pricks with no barometer for true social graces and human decency? NOOOO.... SAY IT AIN'T SO!

....in other news, the sky is blue.