Gorilla Coffee, the coffee shop where eight employees jointly quit over protests about working conditions, is suing the New York Times for publishing their resignation letter. The Times reporter and the eight ex-workers were also named in the suit, which claims the epistle was defamatory and caused them to lose business.
First Amendment litigator Martin Garbus has agreed to represent the workers, along with workers’ rights organization Brandworkers.
“Retaliatory, anti-speech lawsuits like the one from Gorilla Coffee have the potential to both harm innocent people who choose to speak out and chill the speech of others who would like to make their voices heard,” said Garbus. “This lawsuit is without merit and will be defended vigorously until victory.”
Read the lawsuit here. (PDF)