*John Christopher Smith, a 37-year-old African American man said to be mentally challenged, has retained a legal team to help him get justice against the restaurant he has worked at since he was 12 years old.
He washed dishes and bused tables at the Conway, South Carolina location.
According to Smith, the owner and manager at J&J restaurant, Ernest J. Edwards and Bobby Paul Edwards respectively, beat him with frying pans and hit him with belts throughout his nearly two decades of employment. And in an attempt to muffle his cries for help, the trauma would occur inside a walk-in freezer.
But in spite of this, co-workers heard his cries, but said nothing out of fear.
According to his attorneys, the establishment forced him to work 18-hour shifts six days a week, and 11-hour-shifts on Sunday — sometimes with no breaks; other times with minimal ones. After all of this, Smith’s annual salary came to $2,842.00.
Smith lived in a cockroach-infested apartment owned by the brothers that his attorneys called “subhuman.”
Needless to say, his attorneys, Mullins McLeod and David Aylor, are going to have a field day in court.
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