Shell sued for race bias at gas stations

September 17, 1998
The note posted behind the counter at the gas station was written in Urdu, so customers were not likely to understand it.
     But an employee of the Shell station in Chicago understood and told a Chicago police officer that the sign read, ``Do not release for blacks -- first get the money.''
     That was the first link in a chain of events that led to the filing of a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
     The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages and an end to what it called a nationwide pattern of discrimination, was filed by Daron Hill, a black Chicago police officer who had learned of the note.
     ``I thought it was disgusting,'' said Hill.