A Park Slope Food Co-Op member is raising money to sue the organization, alleging racial discrimination
Park Slope Food Co-Op member Reginald Ferguson has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $10,000 in order to sue the decades-old, famed Brooklyn grocer over his suspension, alleging racial discrimination, Brooklyn Paper reports.
Ferguson, who is Black, tells the community newspaper that he was suspended from the co-op following a situation in 2017 in which another member complained about Ferguson’s choice of music while he was working as shift manager. The complaint went in front of the co-op’s “Dispute Resolution Squad,” where another member “backed up the complaint, and took issue with Ferguson’s joyous attitude,” according to the report. Ferguson was eventually suspended over the situation without access to an internal hearing, he says, in a move that goes against the co-op’s disciplinary guidelines.
Now, after leading ongoing protests at the co-op to try and get a hearing, he’s looking to take the case to federal court. “I am doing this because when I asked for due process and a hearing pertaining to my playing of this type of music I was repeatedly ignored and denied, especially when I protested this unfair treatment in and outside the store until Covid hit,” Ferguson wrote on his GoFundMe campaign.
The co-op’s general manager did not respond to a request for comment on the story from Brooklyn Paper.
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