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Texas Roadhouse sues EEOC for information on job-discrimination case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Texas Roadhouse, the Louisville-based restaurant chain, says it filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for illegally withholding public records that might shed light on the origin of the government agency's age-discrimination case against the restaurant chain.

The EEOC sued Texas Roadhouse in 2011, alleging a “nationwide pattern” of discrimination against job applicants over the age of 40 for “front of the house” positions – such as hosts, servers, server assistants and bartenders -- at the chain's 435 restaurants.

Texas Roadhouse denies the EEOC's charges, and the suit remains pending in federal court in Massachusetts.

On Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse asked a judge in U.S. District Court in Louisville to force the EEOC to comply with the restaurant chain's requests under the Freedom of Information Act for records related to “the genesis of the (EEOC) investigation,” the amount of taxpayer money spent on the effort and statements made by EEOC representatives to the media about the case.

Louisville attorney Steve Pence, who represents Texas Roadhouse, said the company finds it "disturbing" that the EEOC investigation began without any individual notifying the agency of the restaurant chain's alleged discriminatory practices.

"What is it that prompted the EEOC to target Texas Roadhouse?" Pence said in an interview Tuesday. "That is what the thrust of the request is about."

A message left with the EEOC press office in Washington, D.C. was not immediately returned.

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