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Patrons Accuse Uptown Dallas Bar Of Discrimination

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM)Hundreds of people walked silently around an uptown Dallas bar Wednesday, that is facing allegations of discrimination.

A woman who said she was a former employee joined the call for city leaders to do something, saying that screening potential customers for ethnic backgrounds at the bar was an expected part of the job.

Kung Fu Saloon has been at the center of the accusations since the weekend, when DeAndre Upshaw said the business wouldn’t let him in because he was wearing high-top shoes. A dress code, taped on a sheet of paper in the bars front window doesn’t mention footwear.

No one from the bar or its public relations company responded in person, or through emails or phone calls Wednesday.

Upshaw’s story on social media has sparked dozens of similar accounts. Upshaw said he isn’t focusing on shutting the bar down, but on getting managers to acknowledge the issue, and getting city officials to monitor the businesses.

Stephanie Guidry said she booked private parties and catering for the business in late 2012. She said managers informed her that screening potential customers through their names, liquor requests or music requests was part of the job. She said there were instances where minorities attending private parties, couldn’t get through the front door unless she personally walked them in.

Guidry said the bar let her go after 6 months, in part she believes because she did not follow the screening process.

In a large gathering before people walked around the bar, several said they had experienced similar problems getting in.

CBS 11 News has also learned that reports were filed with the local chapter of the NAACP and the ACLU regarding similar complaints at other bars on the same street.

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