A beef with management over identity politics-related signage has reportedly prompted a walkout by employees of a New York City-based craft butcher shop that, in turn, caused a shutdown of the entire operation.
The workers at Fleishers, an establishment The New York Times previously characterized as “rock star butchers,” reportedly headed for the exits after the boss personally took down BLM and LGBTQ signs that were posted in storefront windows.
The Fleishers website indicates that its four locations — in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and two in Connecticut — are temporarily closed, suggesting perhaps that corporate executives may or may not have butchered the situation, as it were.
The sign removal was apparently prompted when the company’s leading investor, real estate developer Robert Rosania, received a text from a friend who took offense to pro-BLM placards at the Westport, Conn., outlet.
Rosania then notified the butchery’s new boss, John Adams, Forbes reported.
“Adams, the company’s fourth leader in as many years and just two months into the job, took the train from New York to the company’s outlet in Westport to remove the signs, in addition to ones displaying support of LGBTQ pride, and then returned to do the same at one of its two New York City locations,” the outlet reported.
“At least half [of Fleishers approximately 40-person workforce] identify as BIPOC, nonbinary or queer,” Forbes added.
Adams reportedly caved within 24 hours and notified workers that the signs were back on display at the stores. “Rosania also apologized in a letter to staff. The company is now working to rehire staff at every location, after 30% remained with the company.”
Fleishers apparently hopes to reopen in early September.
In his apology, Rosania pledged “to rededicate Fleishers to being a place where everyone feels welcome and supported,” the Eater website reported.
Many or most of the employees at the high-end meat emporium apparently decided to quit entirely after the walkout.
One employee told Forbes that he no longer felt safe coming to work. “Think of me as an equal and none of this needed to happen. It’s messed up to think of someone as less-than and then want them to provide for you,” he said.
Employees obviously have a right to express their sincerely held beliefs. As has controversially emerged in many different industries, including — but not limited to — woke Big Tech and professional sports, the question becomes whether the workplace is a proper forum to do so rather than keeping the premises politics-free.
As history has shown with some businesses that went broke or nearly broke after going woke, it also risks alienating a segment of the customer base.
The Fleishers website also notes that “Making a positive difference in the community is our aim. Each of our locations offers the very best local meats available, from exceptional trained staff eager to help.”
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Rosania apparently has invested about $20 million keeping the company afloat.
“As Rosania’s involvement in the company increased, however, former employees say a ‘cultural divide’ formed between those who oversaw Fleishers and those worked in its stores,” Eater asserted.
Making matters worse perhaps for the company’s attempt to reopen its doors, “The nationwide labor shortage means it’s unlikely the company will be able to quickly replace its staff,” the New York Post claimed.
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