BROOKLYN - Small business owners in Brooklyn say they are being unfairly targeted by city inspectors.

A group of small business owners have joined together to stop the alleged unfair treatment.

Store owners tells News 12 that the inspection process can be very stressful and that they sometimes get fined for minor infractions. They also say that fines can get very expensive, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio says fines are up in the past 10 years and outer-borough businesses are hit more often. He says the number is 4 percent higher in Brooklyn than the city average.