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THREE MONTHS SUE:..THREE

MONTHS AFTER A CONTROVERSY LED

FOUNDERS BREWING COMPANY TO

CLOSE DOWN THEIR DETROIT

TAPROOM---THERE ARE PLANS TO

RE-OPEN THE ESTABLISHMENT THIS

WEEK.BRIAN:..NEWS 8'S EMILY

LINNERT IS HERE NOW WITH

DETAILS OF THE RE-OPENING.

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EMILY:..THE DETROIT TAPROOM

WILL RE-OPEN THIS THURSDAY AT

11 A.M.FOUNDERS CO-FOUNDER AND

CEO MIKE STEVENS SAYS THEY'RE

GOING TO MAKE MORE EFFORTS TO

CONNECT IN MEANINGFUL WAYS

WITH THE CITY OF DETROIT.

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IN LATE OCTOBER FOUNDERS

SETTLED A RACIAL

DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AT THE

CENTER OF A CONTROVERSY THAT

LED TO THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE

OF ITS DETROIT TAPROOM AND

PROMPTED ITS INCLUSION AND

DIVERSITY DIRECTOR TO RESIGN.A

BLACK EMPLOYEE SUED THE

BREWERY, CLAIMING HE WAS

WATCHED MORE CLOSELY AND

DISCIPLINED MORE HARSHLY THAN

HIS WHITE CO-WORKERS. LAST

MONTH WE SPOKE WITH CO-FOUNDER

AND CEO DAVE ENGERS ABOUT WHAT

THE COMPANY'S BIGGEST LESSON

WAS FROM THIS CRISIS.

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(( DAVE ENGERS / CO-FOUNDER &

PRESIDENT, FOUNDERS BREWING

CO. / JAN. 21 // 20:00:13 I

THINK AS A COMPANY YOU HAVE TO

BE HUMBLE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN

TO ALL OF YOUR EMPLOYEES ALL

THE TIME. BEER IS THIS LIQUID

THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER.

IT SHOULD BE FUN, AND I DO

KNOW THAT WE ARE IN A WORLD

RIGHT NOW WHERE EVERYONE HAS

TO FEEL SAFE, EVERYONE HAS TO

BE TREATED EQUAL AND WE ARE

MAKING STRIDES TO MAKE SURE

EVERYONE FEELS SAFE AND EQUAL

ALL THE TIME." 20:00:40 ))

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EMILY:..FOUNDERS HAS ALSO

COMMITTED TO CONTRIBUTING

INCOME FROM THE DETROIT

TAPROOM TO LOCAL DETROIT

CHARITIES FOR THE NEXT THREE

YEARS.

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