Jewish ex-waitress who said Brewer restaurant owner called her a Nazi settles lawsuit

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 03, 2013, at 8:57 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Orono woman who sued a Brewer restaurant owner alleging that he did not hire her because she is of German and Jewish descent has settled her lawsuit. Details of the settlement were not made public.

Elizabeth Eisenstadt also alleged in her complaint that the owner called her a Nazi.

Eisenstadt worked as a server at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant beginning in May 2010 under the previous owners, according to the complaint. The incident that led to the lawsuit, she claimed, occurred in May 2011 when Michael Kessock was in the process of buying the restaurant at 5 S. Main St. in Brewer.

Kessock, owner of what is now Schooner’s Seafood & Steakhouse restaurant, denied the allegations, saying Eisenstadt withdrew her name from the pool of applicants seeking to work at the restaurant before Kessock bought it in June 2011.

“The matter was resolved by agreement,” Eisenstadt’s attorney, A.J. Greif of Bangor, said late Monday in an email response to a request for comment on the settlement.

Frank McGuire of Bangor, who represents Kessock, said Tuesday the lawsuit was “settled by agreement.”

Notice that a settlement had been reached was posted online Monday afternoon on the federal court’s electronic case filing system. Details of the settlement were not made public.

Originally filed in September 2012, the lawsuit was moved in April to U.S. District Court in Bangor by Kessock’s lawyer, McGuire.

Eisenstadt had sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement, back pay and attorney’s fees.

The settlement was reached during a settlement conference held Monday with U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk.

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