The owner of Bleecker Kitchen & Co. is not a butt man. The modern Greenwich Village restaurant’s owner, Joshua Berkowitz, is being sued by one of the eatery’s former managers, Michael Douglas Jr., New York Post reported. He says the owner made several discriminatory comments about different ethnicities and even big butts.
Douglas, 26, was hired in May as a manager and hired the restaurant’s first black waitress in August. Upon seeing the new employee, Berkowitz allegedly asked Douglas who the “the new dark girl was.” He then went on to discuss that the size of her derrière was a problem.
“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,” Berkowitz allegedly told Douglas behind closed doors.
Douglas says that although he is half Asian and half black, he only looks Asian. So, when Berkowitz found out about the manager’s heritage, he unleashed even more bigoted comments.