There is an 800 pound gorilla in the Park Slope coffee culture. According to reports first posted on the FIPS blog, Gorilla Coffee has filed a lawsuit against the New York Times Company, New York Times reporter Oliver Strand, and 8 former baristas. The lawsuit blames the group for preparing and publishing a “false, defamatory, malicious, and libelous article” in the New York Times Diner’s Journal.
A copy of the lawsuit can be read on the Courthouse News Service website.
The trouble started brewing this past April when the entire staff at Gorilla Coffee stormed off the jobsite to protest what they called “a perpetually malicious, hostile, and demeaning work environment that was not only unhealthy, but also, as our actions have clearly shown, unworkable.”
A full copy of the disgruntled employees 500+ word manifesto against the coffee shop owners was published in the New York Times article.
That is one highly caffeinated crowd. At least the two sides formally agree on one thing, their comments about one another are steeped in malice.
The New York Times has not commented on the lawsuit.