‘People with big butts don’t work fast’ — Joshua Berkowitz owner of Bleeker Kitchen & Co. and Goldbar
A former employee who endured a series of racist ranting while working under the tutelage of Joshua Berkowitz, owner of Bleeker Kitchen & Co. and Goldbar in New York City is taking his case to court.
Michael Douglas Jr. was hired back in March to manage Bleeker Kitchen, and things quickly got off to a rocky start when it became apparent that he was reporting to a politically incorrect boss.
Douglas, 26, got a taste of Berkowitz’s venom when he “mistakenly” broke the rules and regulations by bringing a black on board as a server. The New York Post displayed some of the details contained in the suit that outlines what happened after Berkowitz discovered a Black woman working in his establishment.
According to Douglas’ Manhattan Supreme Court suit, Berkowitz asked who “the new dark girl was”, then closed the door and confided in him, “My father warned me about hiring people like that, people with big butts. Do you understand what I mean? People with big butts don’t work fast.”
After insulting the new “dark girl” and reprimanding Douglas for hiring her, Berkowitz decided to turn the tables on his employee who is half black and half Asian, by mocking his ethnicity.
“You have some Black in you and you’re Spanish/Filipino. I’m sorry, that’s really f—d up. If I married a non-Jewish woman, my parents would sit shivah.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Berkowitz came back with more punches a week later, “With all due respect to your background…large bottoms don’t move fast, large bottoms don’t work hard”.
And then he topped it off with this stunning revelation, ‘Do you agree? I mean, aren’t the Irish all drunks? Aren’t Russians all thieves? I just love saying the most f—-d up s—t.”
Hmm…it isn’t clear if Berkowitz was under the influence while making his outlandish statements but either way Douglas only lasted until August before he took off running for dear life. No word if the “dark girl” is still employed.
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