Photo by Madeline Wells

June 10, 2021Updated June 10, 2021 10:19 am

The owner of San Francisco’s Ritual Coffee reportedly fired her husband after using a racial slur at work.

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Eileen Rinaldi, owner of Ritual Coffee Roasters, fired her husband after using a racial slur against a black man, according to the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently). The incident occurred outside of the company’s warehouse on 17th Street in late May.

“He told me that he had a verbal argument about a parking space while managing a construction project,” wrote Eileen Rinaldi in an Instagram post about her husband, John Rinaldi. “He said that during the argument a person called John a racial name. John said he then made the terrible mistake of repeating the racial slur against the person, something he should never have done. This incident to me is extreme Worrying. Although he only had this freelance construction role at Ritual for the last year, I deeply regret that John is allowed to oversee this project or do any work involving Ritual. “

According to the owner, John Rinaldi will no longer work for Ritual in any way. That layoff comes a year after a payroll at Ritual Coffee (first reported by Mission Local) in which workers spoke of various workplace culture concerns, lack of diversity, and an incident where John Rinaldi reportedly pinned a black guy while a manager called the police and made threats that the man would “die in prison,” Mission Local reported.

Since last year, Eileen Rinaldi told The Chronicle, the recruiting and hiring processes at Ritual have changed, all employees have attended a conflict de-escalation workshop, and executives have participated in workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I’ve made mistakes and I’m learning,” continued her Instagram post. ā€œI am committed to doing the work necessary to continuously develop ourselves as an anti-racist, integrative and equal company and a place for our employees, customers and the community. And I applaud that this work has no degrees on it every month and every year and for the life of the company. “

Madeline Wells is a reporter for SFGATE covering food and drink in the Bay Area. She grew up near Seattle and received her BA in English and Media Studies from UC Berkeley. Prior to SFGATE, she was Associate Editor with East Bay Express and a freelance writer for the Bay Area music scene. Email: [email protected]