Bronx, NY (Mckoy’s News) – Golden Krust Employee Files Class Action Lawsuit: Employees have filed a federal class-action lawsuit just five days after Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Bakery in the Bronx was found shot dead at his New York factory.
The law suit was filed in Manhattan against the Golden Krust Franchise Bakery and Grill, Lowell Hawthorne and other members of the Hawthorn family, seeking recovery under the “Fair Labor Standards Act” for 1) Unpaid Overtime 2) Unpaid Wages due to Time Shaving 3) Unpaid Uniform Expenses 4) Unlawful Withheld Gratuities.
Workers at Golden Krust facilities in Brooklyn and the Bronx, claims they were not paid overtime, had to pay to clean their own uniforms, and were denied tips kept in a tip jar for employees.
“At all relevant times, the defendants had a policy and practice of refusing to pay overtime compensation at the statutory rate of time and one-half… for their hours worked in excess of 40 hours per workweek,” the 25-page complaint said. “At all relevant times, defendants had a policy of time-shaving and refusing to pay plaintiffs.”
Golden Krust Employee Files Class Action Lawsuit: This new lawsuit is the second filed this year against Hawthorn and Golden Krust under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The lawsuit is also seeking recovery for discrimination based on race for back pay, emotional distress, and punitive damages.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs state that this lawsuit was in the making and has nothing to do with the death of Hawthorne.
Lowell Hawthorne was found with a single gunshot wound to his head, allegedly leaving behind a note about legal issues.
Some employees, when asked what they wanted the public to know about Hawthorne, said, they wanted his to be remembered as a man of God.