BROOKLYN - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a Brooklyn company to court for $500,000 in back wages for workers that claimed they were fired because they joined a union.

Workers of Handy Fat, a company that makes Chinese food restaurant supplies, unionized a few years ago. The workers said they suffered harsh conditions, were verbally abused and worked 60 to 70 hours a week with no overtime.

The NLRB, an arm of the federal government, is also trying to get the workers? jobs back. Many workers say they do want their jobs back with the ability to unionize.

The union says the firings set a negative precedent because workers will be afraid to unionize.

Testimony will continue through Wednesday. However, the judge is not expected to make a decision for a few months.