I read about the lawsuit in the NY Post. I think it is a frivolous lawsuit. I also think it could do harm to Mr. Ramirez's reputation. Perhaps Mr. Ramirez should counter-sue them.
I have eaten at Brooklyn Fare several times. I have had conversations with the chef about his food and his respect for Japanese chefs and his love of Japanese/Asian food.
I have also gone there with Asian friends and sat as close to him as one can get ( the suit says he doesn't allow Asians to sit close to his cooking area). We always got excellent cuts of meat as well.
Obviously, having not worked there, I do not know what goes on behind the scenes. However, I do know he hires people from all Nationalities. One sous chef that he got along well with was a Korean guy, who later moved on to Morimoto.
It is my experience that Chef Ramirez is not a prejudiced guy and has a love for food. He is a master of his craft, and has shown respect for Asian people I have eaten there with, and Japanese people whom he has worked with that I've known. In my opinion the lawsuit just isn't right.
As far as employees not getting paid properly, that is based on their employment agreement, which I know nothing about.
I hope this lawsuit publicity doesn't hurt him.