Gorilla Coffee, a popular cafe based in Brooklyn, New York, has been effectively shut down for several days after almost all of the employees resigned to protest what they claim to be pervasive workplace bullying by one of the cafe owners, Carol McLaughlin.
According to the New York Times, an email sent by the former employees described a “perpetually malicious, hostile, and demeaning work environment” under McLaughlin, and they demanded that McLaughlin be replaced by another manager. The NY Times also published a letter from the employees explaining the reasons why they all decided to resign.
Darleen Scherer, McLaughlin’s co-owner, allegedly refused to replace McLaughlin, and the seven baristas subsequently quit. The owners said that they won’t be reopening the cafe anytime soon.
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