JERSEY CITY — A Pet Shop owner is suing a local pet store over the owner’s headcoverings, alleging he was retaliated against by a shop owner who said she didn’t want her children to see him as a member of the KKK.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Hudson County Court in Jersey City alleges the owners were fired from the store, and that a former employee was fired because she was upset by the owner covering up his face.
The owner says the owners’ attorney threatened to sue the shop over the incident.
The attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The owners say they have two children who are 13 and 16, and they were at the Pet Shop with their three-month-old daughter and a 4-year-old son, and the shop owner came in and the two children were watching the video of the altercation.
The shop owner said he was wearing a ski mask because the shop’s owners had been ordered to cover up their faces and that he had been threatened with a lawsuit if he didn’t cover up.
The suit claims the shop owners, who are all white, were also threatened with possible discrimination if they spoke up about the incident at the time.
The suit also says the shop is owned by the same owner who is accused of harassment.
In a statement Monday, the Pet Shoppe said:The company is committed to providing our customers with quality, personalized service, and we are fully committed to respecting and promoting diversity in our business.
The allegations in the lawsuit are categorically false and unfounded.