Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Miami Herald celebrates the 100-year history of Joe's Stone Crab ... but buries the unpleasant stuff

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Congratulations to the gang at South Beach landmark restaurant Joe's Stone Crab as they open for the season today at 5 p.m. while also celebrating the joint's 100th anniversary.

Congratulations also to Joe's chief operating officer Steve Sawitz on the free advertisement the fine story on page one of this morning's Miami Herald.

Here's last year's Herald story on the opening of Joe's...which also mentioned that Joe's was "gearing up for its 100th anniversary celebration."

Today's breezy story by Ina Paiva Cordle touches on a bit of Joe's 100-year history: Joe Weiss "started running a lunch stand at Smith’s bathing casino in 1913, serving fish sandwiches and fries."

But there's no mention it's not until the last few paragraphs of her story that Cordle mentions a 1993 "EEOC lawsuit alleging that Joe’s failed to hire female servers" for the last few paragraphs of her story. But she leaves out details like a U.S. District Judge's 1997 ruling "that the South Beach restaurant 'intentionally discriminated' against women between 1986 and 1991. During that period, Joe's hired 108 men for its coveted server positions and no women." [Miami Herald, March 29, 2001]

There's also nothing on a 2000 appeals court ruling that "found evidence that 'Joe's management intentionally excluded women from food-serving positions in order to provide its customers with an 'Old World,' fine-dining ambience.'" [Miami Herald, March 29, 2001]


Miami Daily News, Dec. 28, 1955.

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