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IHOP Serves Freebies on National Pancake Day

Steve Floethe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There’s nothing like free food for a good cause.  

For the eighth year, IHOP restaurants are offering a free stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The popular pancake chain hopes to raise $3 million in donations for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. The charities will receive 100 percent of proceeds.

In 2012, IHOP raised more than $3 million for the various charities.  The restaurant has raised over $10 million over the past pancake holidays.

International Pancake Day is typically celebrated on “Fat Tuesday” or the last day before Lent. This year it occurs on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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Four Men Say Texas IHOP Franchise Fired Them for Being Muslim

Steve Floethe/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Four former managers of IHOP restaurants in Texas are fighting the owner of the franchise they worked for in court, claiming they were wrongfully terminated based on their "nationality and religion."

The four men, all identified in court papers as "Muslims of Arab descent," worked as managers at the Dallas/Fort Worth area locations.  Hussein Chamseddine was employed by the franchise for 12 years, Rami Saleh and Brandon Adam each for five years, and Chekri Bakro for 24 years.

According to a complaint filed in a Texas district court, the men allege they were fired without cause.

"They weren't terminated because someone complained or because someone didn't like their attitude," said Sara Kane, a civil rights attorney representing the men.  "They were fired because of who they are.  That is the determining factor."

All four men were terminated between March and October of 2010.  Together they filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found merit in the men's claim that they were harassed and terminated due to religion and national origins.

"The IHOP corporation has a four-step disciplinary procedure," Kane said.  "The franchisee did not follow any of those steps."

Kane, along with attorney Jay Ellwanger, filed suit on behalf of the men on Tuesday, against IHOP and Anthraper Investments, the firm that owns the four franchises involved in Arlington, Burleston, Fort Worth and Plano, Texas.

The suit alleges that the men experienced harassment from Anthraper management, including derogatory comments made by the company's President and COO John Anthraper, Vice President Alex Anthraper and Texas District Manager Larry Hawker.

Representatives of Anthraper Investments did not return phone calls to ABC News for comment.  A woman who answered the phone at the home of John Anthraper said he was out of the country.

The IHOP Corporation issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit: "We believe the employment practices of our company and our independent franchisees are non-discriminatory and inclusive.  We have a long history of supporting diversity in all aspects of our business.  Our franchisee believes the allegations are without merit and looks forward to the fair conclusion of this matter."

Kane said her clients are seeking back wages and payment for emotional damages following their terminations.

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Free Pancakes for IHOP's National Pancake Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- IHOP has declared its own special pancake day, and customers who visit the restaurant Tuesday get a free stack of buttermilk pancakes.  In exchange, customers are asked to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

National Pancake Day is traditionally celebrated on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday.  In theory, it would give people one last indulgence before they abstain for Lent.

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IHOP Expanding to the Middle East

Scott Olson / Getty Images(KUWAIT) -- IHOP, also known as the International House of Pancakes, is living up to its name as it expands its reach across the globe.

DineEquity, the company that owns IHOP and the Applebee's restaurant chain, has announced plans for IHOP's first expansion outside of North America.

The expansion comes as a result of a deal between DineEquity and Kuwait-based M.H. Alshaya Co. According to the deal, DineEquity will launch 40 IHOPS in the region over the next five years.

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