Do you know this man?
This is Steve. If you are a former customer of Golden Farm or if you’ve spent time on the picket lines you’ll likely recognize him. Many people in the neighborhood mistake him for the owner of Golden Farm because as manager he’s far more visible than Sonny Kim, the owner.
It may come as a surprise to hear that he is in fact not the manager, just an ordinary employee with no special standing. At least that is what Sonny’s lawyers have been arguing in court for the last few days.
The worker’s have alleged that they have been systematically harassed and abused by Steve for their union organizing. That he has pushed them, shouted at them, called them faggot, fired them arbitrarily (to be rehired the next day), broken their property, removed work tables as they are working on them, and told new employees not to speak to them.
Sonny’s primary defense appears to be not to deny that Steve has done these things but to argue that this is the behavior of an unpleasant co-worker – not of a manager acting on behalf of the employer.
That Steve is not a manager would come as a surprise to Erin Durkin of the Daily News who interviewed him as the manager of Golden Farm back in 2012 http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/workers-neighbors-fighting-kensington-golden-farm-supermarket-wage-violations-article-1.1020005, it also would come as a surprise to Councillor Brad Lander and Senator Eric Adams who spoke with him at a rally in front of the store and received assurances from him about the payment of workers. http://youtu.be/EvoZZRZfCQ0
On Monday Sonny will testify and so may some of the cashiers. Based on their legal presentation so far it seems definite that a central part of their testimony will be to lie about Steve’s job description.
We want as many community witnesses present as possible, please join us.
Monday Feb 3, 10am 2 Metrotech Center, 5th Floor (bring photo id for security)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 347 4033798