Workers protest against Best Fruit Market; claim unfair treatment

Protestors are taking the matter to the National Labor Relations Board. (2/21/14)

FLATBUSH - Some workers and community members are fighting against what they are calling unfair treatment at the new Best Fruit Market in Flatbush.

Protesters say workers at the supermarket are being taken advantage of because they're immigrants and are forced to work long hours for low pay. 

Alirioa Almendares tells News 12 Brooklyn he worked at the grocery store for a little over a year. According to Almendares, the owner used to pay him less than minimum wage and forced him to work 12 hours a day, six days a week, with no sick leave. Eventually the boss raised his pay to minimum wage, but fired him when he tried to form a union. 

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Store owner Jin Jiang says that he complies with the law, and that the worker was fired because he was hostile. 

Protesters are taking the matter to the National Labor Relations Board.

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