A restaurant with Black employees is prioritizing its workers’ mental health as they navigate the coronavirus and the protests against racial injustice.
The employees of Grandchamps, a Haitian restaurant in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, were closing up after a long, hot day of filling takeout orders in early June when the owners asked them to gather in the dining area.
The close-knit group settled in as the sun began to set and were greeted by Jason Starr, a lawyer with the Human Rights Campaign.
“Has anyone here ever been stopped by the police?” Mr. Starr asked. Four of the six employees who were present raised their hands.
Terry McLaurin, 26, a cashier who was wearing a face mask emblazoned with the words “God is Dope,” said she had been stopped and questioned at least a dozen times.
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