My sense of this is that Boulud's company was guilty as charged -but I really don't know. What I do know is that when I ate there in '96 all of the waiters were Caucasian males and all of them seemed to speak French. The food was very good and showed extremely fine technique. But I hated the menu that prattled on about seasonal this and seasonal that but was full of ingredients that were not in season within driving distance of Manhattan -or North America for that matter.
Let's hope that Chef Boulud can get on with his business, makes lots of money and make everybody happy.
Boulud Settling Suit Alleging Bias at a French Restaurant - New York Times