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Melissa Joan Hart — this isn't true, is it??

The actress is being sued by a former employee at her Sherman Oaks candy shop, Sweet Harts, for wrongful termination and racial profiling!

In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles and obtained by E! News, Shana Kharineh accuses the Melissa & Joey star and Sweet Harts of wrongful termination, discrimination based on race, retaliation against employee complaining of discrimination, failure to pay wages owed, failure to pay overtime wages, failure to provide meal periods, failure to provide rest periods, failure to pay minimum wage and unlawful business practices.

That. Sounds. Bad.

Here are some of the specifics of what Kharineh is saying happened:

The plaintiff alleges that unlike the store's white employees, Kharineh, who is African American, was given a special dress code based on her race and told not to wear black because "'black on black' did not look appropriate."

Kharineh also says that because the store was understaffed June 2011, she was forced to work in excess of 60 hours per week with no overtime pay and no breaks. The next month, she claims, her employers "berated and humiliated" her, criticizing her performance and relationship with her fellow employees and complaining that "when she bent over her underwear would show." She was fired in August and believes it's because of her race and her complaints about her working conditons.

If this is true, then that really sucks.

Don't wait until a wrongful termination to become a whistleblower like this! If it's been going on for a while, step up and say something to the proper channels! Things might go much smoother!

Either way, if it's true, the company should make it right. In or out of court.

What say you, Melissa??

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61 comments to “Sabrina The Teenage Racial Profiler??”

  1. 1

    Meh, I just see a minority playing the minority card. Normally how it always is, its not difficult to find another job and quit. You'd be surprised just how bad and idiotic most minimum wage workers are.

  2. 2

    So agree with Nookies…. and they are usually laaZY

  3. 3

    @NookiesWA I always agree with your posts. Well said.

  4. 4

    Im guessing MJH has never met the person in question.

  5. 5

    Re: NookiesWA – I AGREE!!! it always has to be about race. i would never sue someone just because i'm asian, i'd be too embarrassed for them to prove that i just sucked at that job

  6. 6


  7. 7

    If someone is AT a JOB and they bend over and their slutty underwear shows, I'd say fire the slut too. I'm sorry, but the dress code and what employees are allowed to wear at work these days is just ridiculous. Mnay of these whores think they're working on 42nd street. Waitresses are the biggest offenders.

  8. 8

    I do not care what color a person is, but when their underwear shows on top or underneath, that is inappropriate. I sure would go after the overtime pay!!

  9. 9

    I am so Frinken Tired of every Black person who gets fired, brining up RACE! Most Black people have chips on their shoulders, Im so sick of them! they actually are the real racists! Blacks have started their own KKK, their the BBB, Bitter, Black, Bullies!
    Lets be real if she felt wronged the first thing she should have done was quit!

  10. 10

    Loving how all the closet racists all come out. Why is this so hard to believe? It's Hollywood, anything is possible.

  11. 11

    Well if her performance isn't that great and she can't find pants that cover her underwear… I feel like they're pretty justified in letting her go

  12. 12

    If this is true… whocares!

  13. 13

    Re: gayhoe – quit without getting justice? yeah, right? i work with black people all the time, i know how they're treated. the companies just want some blacks working for them for a little, in order to pass a image of tolerance, just to fire all of them asap…. what a nazy country, hm? shame!

  14. 14

    Meh, just another Moolie trying to cash out. No case, but because there's a celebrity involved, they'll bend over backwards and pay money so as not to appear racist.

  15. 15

    I bet 100% that Melissa knows NOTHING about what's going on in her store, she's probably never worked there a day in her life. I hate how ” Celebrities” 'open stores and don't worry about them while the money roles in.She should wake up and decide whether she wants to be an actress or a business owner, she can't be both successfully

  16. 16

    Kinda sounds like too much complaining by 1 person. If it were 1 complaint, maybe but this just seems like too much bitterness by a let-go employee.

  17. 17

    I always thought she was rather vile looking. But telling black people they can't wear black????? What do you think they gracefully vanish into the background and become invisible????

  18. 18

    Wow Nookies and the other racist morons need to learn to read. She was told black on black doesn't look appropriate. Yeah, she's just playing the race card. And you have the nerve to even use the word 'idiotic'.

  19. 19

    clarrisa's got some expalining to do….

  20. 20

    The comments on this story are a sad reflection on the state of race relations in our country. People, no matter what color they are, feel entitled to bash people of another race for one thing or another. It is a joke. My advice, stop worrying so much about 'the race card' and start worry about what you can do to prevent anyone of any race from feeling as if they are less than you. If we all treat each other equally and expect the same out of every human being despite their color or creed, the more peaceful planet we will live on. We are all human, we all deserve respect, we all deserve to be happy.Re: NookiesWARe: ncposseRe: brittineaRe: corchoiRe: Pinhead867Re: gayhoe – : Re: Mydoona – Your ignorance is astounding and I feel sorry for you. Hopefully one day you will be able to set aside your prejudice and embrace all the beautiful colors the world has to offer. Its a big world, and most of the people in it are awesome…even if they are black or brown.

  21. 21

    Re: Mydoona – J/k, you're comment was actually quite insightful, idk y u ended up in there with all the sad people, my bad.

  22. 22

    @femalefilmmajor I love ur comment.Okay let me just say tat everyone as some underline racism in them, but when things like this happen its so easy to see that, people are still racists! and i do feel that white Americans get way more then any other race. its just a fact, before you judge take a long look at yourself plz people its 2012!!!

  23. 23

    you know, if your underwear is showing when you bend over then you probably need to be fired anyways. wear that slutty short shit when you're partying at a club, not while you're at work. and if you want to be able to wear shit like that while working, then i suggest you find yourself a strip club to work at.

  24. 24

    Re: Heart Of Me – Its a dress CODE. Shops that are serious in their bussiness image do worry about it. Its like a white person wearing a very pale salmon shirt or a tanned skin wearing a brown shirt… it gives the impression of "nakedness". Reason why Im pretty sure they told her "black on black no". And if she goes into work with a mini skirt that shows ur undies when you bend, or super low pants that let you see the color of your thong, then that just simply WRONG. And she should have asked before working those extra hours if she was gona get payed. All I think is that she was foolish and indecent. Period. And doesnt accept being let go cause she was a bad employee.

  25. 25

    She should have bashed Melissa for her stringy fake blonde hair with the brown roots. And that ugly red dress that looks like Vanessa Redgrave would wear.. And her haggard old face that that dries up like a prune like most caucasians in the sun. And probably her extremely flat ass!

  26. 26

    Besides Black on White looks far worse. Who wants to look at some white woman that looks like a checker board! And how can a white woman pick on an ethnic girl anyway. They're always running to a surgeon to have their lips plumped up like a black girl. running to a surgeon to get their stomach injected into their butt to make it look like an ethnic girl.. running to a tanning booth to have darker skin.. sounds like white woman are JEALOUS. Black clothes look better on black skin anyway.

  27. 27

    I used to work in an office across the hall from the EEOC. Their office had mostly black people and white disabled people coming in filing discrimination complaints. EEOC didn't have a very nice waiting area for their visitors and no coffee or magazines. Visitors would often saunter into our office and watch TV in our sitting area and I would find them using our visitor phone making random calls. I was always on patrol to remove these people from loitering in our office. Once a woman walked up to my desk with her kids and rudely asked "Where's the coffee??!" I told her this wasn't the EEOC it was a private office and she would have to leave, she was like, "is it because I am BLACK??!!" She threatened to call the news and "publicize" the event to the media. I am thinking this is the same woman..:P

  28. 28

    Re: NookiesWA – well said.

  29. 29

    Re: alixman – So you're saying that ALL white women get plastic surgery and do fake tanning to look more 'ethnic'? Do you realize that you sound just as racist and ignorant as the people who say she must just be 'pulling the race card'? Stereotyping an entire race of people is never ok, even though some people have the misguided notion that it's perfectly ok to be racist as long as it's only against white people.

  30. 30

    Re: thomas2leroy – Meanwhile, look what you're wearing fuckface……burn.

  31. 31

    I expected a troll or two but holy hell a full on list of bigot laced comments? Now she may be playing every card possible to win a lawsuit, but I mean really - nice to understand everyone's true colors.

    And, if your pants slide down and your butt floss shows, I agree… grounds for getting let go. The black on black comment? Taken out of context. The 60 hr work week, go after your back pay.

    My question is was Melissa JH the actual manager doing these things or just the owner of the store?

  32. 32

    Some of you people make no sense. You're complaining about black people using the "race card" and are making other bigoted statements.. therefore completely justifying why black people feel as they do about whites. What a bunch of idiots.

  33. 33

    Re: alixman – Uh….. Generalizing much? We don't all do that you narrow minded prick.

  34. 34

    Without seeing all of the details of the case and hearing all of her proof it's impossiblle to know if she's pulling the race card (some people of all races do) or if she has a legit case, but regardless I doubt Melissa has a thing to do with her treatment. In cases like these, the owners own the store but they hire a manager to take care of day to day running and personel issues so chances are she has no idea what was going on.

  35. 35

    Racist!!! Please look at most WHITE families, we teach are kids not to dicriminate. Look at the BLACK families, do you think there children grow up hearing a LOT of white(racist) comments from Uncles,Aunts, grandparents etc. It has become a reverse discrimination times now. BET, Black pageants, black magazine, black shopping network etc. WAKE UP!! It is only gotten worse with a black President who hates whites(Rev Wright). Dont kid yourself and think he aint or the miss who went to Princeton with all the rich white girls. They keep speaking about the white people are still holding them down EVERYDAY. This is what there kids see NOT MINE!! They can call out whites but NEVER call out a black person and NO joking around.
    SLAVERY!! REALLY!! Wasnt their THOUSAND of men who DIED fighting for there freedom.
    The CIVIL WAR!! I dont owe you nothing either does anybody else!! Millions of Jews were killed and they dont act like this!! Blacks got a BETTER life then if they stayed in AFRICA. Go after the tribesmen that traded your ancestors for a piece of bread!!!!!!!!

    The only one holding themselves down is them selves with NO EDUCATION!!!! Their parents are to blame for NOT pushing school on their children!

  36. 36

    Re: alixman – Pretty sure it was you I saw make the exact same statement on a post awhile back. You sure do hold a lot of anger toward white women. I'm sorry you're such an ugly dumb ass.

  37. 37

    The only thing that happened in this situation that could be very loosely described as racism, would be the "don't wear black" comment.
    But o don't find that racist at all, and black people should already know not to wear black! You rarely see an albino walking around wearing pure white..they know they look like fools! And black people look even worse in black than albinos do in white!
    You can hardly see the muthafukkas! It's just like one big black blob, it doesn't look nice at all, and not appropriate for a candy shop! I meanl I bet the others were also directed on what to wear so where the hell is the racism!? If anything they were doing her s favor by telling her not to wear black and look like a big piece of charcoal! If she really wanted to be mean and racist she actually would have directed her to wear black everyday ! That way she would just blend in and look like a log so no one would even know a coon was working at her store! But she would also have to be directed to not smile of course! Though this mystery woman doesn't sound like the smiley type anyway, bet she sat there flaring at customers and accused them of being a racist!

  38. 38

    Omg alixman you have it all wrong!
    A black person is the last thing white woman would want to look like!
    They want to be tanned but not black! Damn!
    Why did Michael Jackson bleach his skin? Why Do black girls also try to bleach their skin?
    Why do black girls (who actually have money..this doesn't happen much but when it does..) why do they go get their gigantic squashed noses fixed at the plastic surgeon?
    (like they could be fixed anyway!)
    And big lips on white girls are nice.like Angelina Jolie, she's the reason women want big lips! Not black women! Black women only have big lips to balance out their gigantic noses, and purple/black lips are the absolute LEAST sexiest thing I can imagine!
    And bum implants? Ew! Only skanky half black girls who want to be black and date black guys do that! No respectable white female who doesn't date black guys would EVER do that to their body!

    No one wants to be a damn coon and I can't believe anyone could even think that let alone write it in a public forum!
    There was a reason why blacks couldn't vote, and blacks were slaves, and blacks had no rights! And I'll give you a hint, it sure as f'ck wasn't because white people were jealous of them! That statement you made is seriously laughable..
    It HAS to be a troll account..surely!

  39. 39

    WOW. Does Perez really attract narrow-minded, uneducated racists to his site? If so, that is pathetic. "NookiesWA"- You are ridiculous and should be completely ashamed of yourself. To imply that all minorities play the race card when they have problems with discrimination is completely idiotic. The fact that others on this site agree with what you're saying makes me sick to my stomach. You are the definition of a closet racist and there is NO DENYING THAT. I don't know if you guys know this, but we currently have a BLACK PRESIDENT. Although we're not in a post-racial society yet, you should make it your goal in life to let go of the stereotypes you've placed on minorities. Oh and in case you were wondering: I'm a BLACK 21 year old college student that currently attends a highly selective private liberal arts college. I've interned on Capitol Hill, I scored a near perfect score on my LSAT exam last week, and, most importantly, I come from a loving home where my lawyer father and my professor mother have taught me hatred comes from ignorance and that I should never stand for it. The next time you want to talk about how " bad" or "idiotic" someone is, take a walk to the bathroom and stare at yourself in the mirror.

  40. 40

    Why does EVERY show or reality shows that have blacks ALWAYS are the ones going WACKO and ALWAYS thows out a racial comments with nothing ever said???? But a white person was to say anything black it is ALL over the news!!!!!!
    Same thing with the GAYS!!!! Only the gays can throw gay slurs out!! AMAZING!!!

  41. 41

    Jlondon is a liar, he is probably broke and homeless sitting at a library computer right now! College my ass! The only college that would be related to a black person isn't a college at all. Maybe a collage on the police pin board of wanted criminals!

  42. 42

    Simple solution, don't hire blacks.

  43. Otter says – reply to this


    Why would you put up such a screaming headline that doesn't even make sense. Racial profiler. You are a true ass.

  44. 44

    There's not enough here to really say if there's a case for discrimination based on race. The 'black on black' comment is something, but I've only heard that phrase in reference to an outfit - like a black shirt on top of black jeans. What exactly was she wearing when she was told that? If she was wearing a black shirt and black pants, to work at a kids candy store, yeah I can see why they'd want her in something that's more with the vibe of the store.

    If I had to guess, though, I do think she's playing the race card. Only because what kind of legitimate, upstanding employee releases a public statement complaining that she was reprimanded for flashing customers?

  45. 45

    Re: NookiesWA

    You need a big black cock up your asshole!

  46. 46

    Re: ncposse

    You agree with a racist cun*t.

  47. 47

    Re: alixman – Your an idiot!! Keep telling yourself they want to be black!!
    The butt & tan thing comes from the BRAZILIANS!! The Lips A.Jolie. The only black thing they want is the shlong. By the way! Black thing with white women is to make up by f ing the masters women. This has been to rub it the white peoples face!! Now it is a little more excepted. YA YA Dont even try to tell me different!!!

  48. 48

    Re: JLondon – If you are really that educated, then you should thank your parents!! But you better start talking to your race before you start your holly might bullshit talk to white people. Whats racist?? BLACK TV, BLACK PAGEANTS, BLACK MAGAZINE, BLACK SHOPPING NETWORKS, ETC This is country is getting so liberal and BLIND to this bullshit. The news wont cover these black mobs shit because it is going to VERY BAD here soon with a race war!! YOU will see!!!
    When a woman says the guy who threw a brick at the white truck drivers head and said he was welcome in his home for dinner!! He was a FUCKING hero to you blacks. KARMA bitches!! WATCH!! You will see in the future of white uprising!! Keep up this bullshit!!!

  49. 49

    Re: JLondon – JLo- From looking at your profile, you're really into lecturing others about life at the ripe old age of 21, as you claim. I too am black, although I do not identify myself by race. Like most of the human population, we are all mutts. My recessive genes dominate my make-up. Back in my days as an executive, unfortunately, I had to let employees go for poor performance. 70% white, 30% other races. Every single black person I let go filed a discrimination complaint/suit. They all lost. I have other black friends who have encountered the same issue. Regardless of being black, the fired employee still screams racism.
    Our color does not define us. Our attitude does.

  50. Bates says – reply to this


    Who is Melissa Joan Hart?

  51. 51

    There was an important fact left out of this story- The woman was a salaried manager! There are times when a manager has to pick up the slack and work extra hours when help is scarce… and there are times when a manager does not have to work a full 40 hours per week… all the time still earning the same salary. Perhaps the "special uniform" could have also had something to do with the fact that she was a manager and therefore required to wear clothing different from the hourly workers. I don't know really, but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and I sort of think that if Melissa Joan Hart was racist, she wouldn't have an African American working as the manager of the store.

  52. 52

    Re: Yenkme – Wow Yenkme you are the biggest idiot of all time. Legit.

    You do know many women in Brazil are mixed races? They aren't completely white. And the reason for black TV and such, is because you don't see an equal amount of black people in the white people's media, so sadly, there has to be a separate media. Common sense, bitch.

  53. 53

    While all of this could be true, I don't necessarily believe that Melissa Joan Hart had anything to do with this until someone has proof of that. She is not mentioned at all, and many times celebs open different stores or restaurants and have nothing to do with the daily goings on.

  54. 54

    Re: Heart Of Me – YA!! That is the REASON!!!Baha!! We need to give you(African Americans) your own state too. PLEASE move you all there!! Give a year or two and we will be in there to help clean it up!!! So what is wrong with a white channel or white magazine??? They dont have whites in the magazine,black pageants etc!! It is all about COLOR that everybody is trying to steer away from!! But not with BET etc. You are the idiot that defend this kind of shit!!!
    Keep defending this kind of crap and you will see what it does for you one day when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time!! UNLESS you are black!!!

  55. 55

    Re: Yenkme
    Do you have a problem with Latina pageants? Or what about drag queen pageants? I mean, they all kind of discriminate as well, but I don't see you whining about those. Pageants are discriminatory by default. Why can't men be in them? Why would you even care anyway about pageants? They're kind of lame.
    As far as the tired and old "they have a black channel and black magazines." Wow! One channel (but what does BET stand for? Black Entertainment Television, not Black Television!) Hispanics have their own channel and numerous publications for and about them. There are channels and magazines out there targeted to women, and even some targeted to gays, and even magazines targeted to black women, Hispanic women, black gays, Hispanic gays. Why aren't you complaining about those? But here's the thing you're missing: These magazines and channels do not discriminate, as you, I, and anyone else, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality, can purchase these magazines or watch these channels. There's nothing that prohibits you from doing so.
    And btw, you really should try to sound more intelligent before you mouth off and call people uneducated.

  56. 56

    Not sure how Labor laws run in California but, here in Pennsylvania unless you have a contract - you can be fired for any infraction or any reason. If this person was not paid overtime, I imagine MJH is looking at fines per each instance along with restitution. I tend to agree with the others though, 1. I don't want to see your underwear/thong 2. MJH probably doesn't know anything about this person and she's probably never met her. People are too litigious (sp?) these days and that BIG settlement she's chasing will go straight to her attorney. Big waste of time. Again, not about color. I work with all white people and we have The Bimbo (showing T&A), The Holy One, The Pain in the Ass (always whining about her rights and lawsuits), etc. Nice try with the race card.

  57. 57

    Re: alixman – Oh yeah, ALL white women do all that stuff. All rubberheads throw fish. Grow up.

  58. 58

    Wow I love that Perez posted this information because now I was able to see how many ignorant, bigoted, and truly ugly people there are in this world. And for those of you who don't know who I am talking about, I am referring to all the disgusting people who used the term, "playing the race card." I hope all of you will someday feel the way this woman felt.

  59. 59

    Re: Yenkme – wow I truly feel sorry for you because I can tell from your comment that you have not read a history book before and that you are possibly the most ignorant person in the world!

  60. 60

    Ok.. well all companies do have a dress code- and I find it hard to believe that someone told her not to wear black on black because it didn't look good.. And when I worked in retail back when, it was against store policy to discuss your pay wages with other employees, so how does she know what they were making? It is illegal to FORCE someone to work OT without OT pay, and most payroll systems are automatic, so I also find that hard to believe. The conditions must not have been that bad if she didn't quit… and the underwear thing..well fkn duh what do you expect if you have your thong all out when you bend down? Don't wear low rise jeans in a professional environment. She sounds immature and not capable of working in professional atmosphere.

  61. 61

    If they didn't like blacks, why would they have hired her in the first place? I think this chick is just trying to cash in on this…!