After advertising that he would hire only “U.S. born” employees at his Orange Julius, which is illegal, Fargo businessman Mike Stevens has opened a coffee shop.
The Fargo Forum’s article on the new cafe, Fargo Coffee, does not say if immigrants will be discriminated against there, too.
North Dakota law bans discrimination on the basis of national origin. Stevens either forgot or didn’t care when he flouted the law earlier this year.
He posted a hiring ad for his Orange Julius store at the West Acres mall that said in part, “We ask that you only apply if you are U.S. born,” WDAY-TV reported.
Stevens told WDAY “he just wanted to make sure he had qualified applicants who could communicate easily.”
His ban on foreign-born candidates would have applied to at least one North Dakota state senator: Janne Myrdal, who was born in Norway. Apparently Myrdal’s good enough to write the state’s laws — but not good enough to work at Orange Julius.
Stevens removed the hiring ad after being told it was illegal, WDAY reported.