Sonny and Joe’s hummus — Until a resolution, it’s off the shelves at Gracefully Supermarket in Midtown. Rebecca Ellis / The Brooklyn Ink
The basics of kosher law govern the facility, where no meat products or utensils were seen together with the dairy products, the cheeses stored in a separate area of the warehouse.
But as strictly as Flaum follows the biblical laws, federal officials say Flaum is hardly kosher when it comes to adhering to labor law.
Moshe Grunhut and his kosher food distribution company, Flaum Appetizing Corp., have been at the center of a complex and high profile controversy about employment law involving major union organizers and advocates in two federal cases. In the first most widely publicized case, former kitchen workers, represented by the Industrial Workers of the World, allege that the company violated the National Labor Relations Act for discouraging its employees from organizing a union and firing them after doing so. The Industrial Workers of the World, a labor union, and Brandworkers International, a labor law non-profit, is representing 17 workers after they were fired during a union organizing drive.
After the labor board ordered Flaum on Aug. 6, 2009 to pay at least $230,000 in damages to the workers, Flaum filed a countersuit alleging that the employees in questions were all illegal aliens and could therefore not organize a union, let alone be entitled to back pay or reinstatement.
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