Days after the suicide of Golden Krust CEO and owner Lowell Hawthorne, the restaurant chain was slapped with its second wage lawsuit.
Two former employees of Golden Krust, William Anderson and Sixto Ramirez, have gone on the record saying that the company would not pay workers who had put in overtime hours and that it happened on a regular basis.
The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal court on Thursday. The suit is asking for class-action status.
Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside his Bronx factory last week after being hit with another overtime lawsuit. He also had extensive tax debt, owing over $150,000 in city taxes.
Despite the lawsuits, on Saturday dozens of mourners gathered outside one of the Golden Krust restaurants to honor Hawthorne.
There were deejays on hand to play Caribbean music and the cooks gave out cups of chicken noodle soup to those that came to offer tributes to Hawthorne.
“He’s kind, he’s successful, but never got so big to not stop for the common man,” his sister-in-law Herma Hawthorne, 61, stated.
“We have lost an icon. We have lost a mentor. We have lost a man who makes others look on their lives and say, ‘I can do more, I can succeed, I can do better.’”
His suicide shocked people from the Bronx all the way to Jamaica where he hailed from.