Lowell Hawthorne (YouTube screenshot)
Lowell Hawthorne (YouTube screenshot)

Less than a week after Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne shot and killed himself in his Bronx, N.Y., factory, the Caribbean bakery-and-restaurant chain was hit with a wage lawsuit brought by two former employees.

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The New York Daily News reports that William Anderson and Sixto Ramirez filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, saying that the company routinely did not pay its workers federally mandated overtime. The complaint also seeks class action status.

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As reported earlier by The Root, Hawthorne, 57, committed suicide in his office last Saturday. The Root also reported that Hawthorne was reportedly looking at millions owed in back taxes.

Financial distress is a trigger for suicide, according to professionals, but major depression is the largest cause.

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Read more at the New York Daily News.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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