A former employee of the Milwaukee Bread Barber Shop, who was fired for “sexual misconduct” on the job, said the business is a lifelong business.
The business, located in the basement of the building at 1615 N. Milwaukee Ave., was founded in 2004 by Mark Crescenzi, an African-American barber who said he was fired because of “sexual harassment.”
Crescensi said he’s been at the shop for about 10 years and has been a part of the team since 2010.
He said he and other employees were told they would be fired when they reported sexual harassment.
He added that he has been the subject of complaints, harassment, and other negative interactions from customers, managers, and supervisors.
“I’ve had guys walk up to me and ask me if I would do them a favor and give them a lift home, and I didn’t have a choice, because they were asking me if they could take a picture of my ass,” he said.
“When I said no, I’m sure they were looking for someone to do it.
They didn’t think that was a problem, and they still have people that still go there.
It’s a constant thing.””
It’s a very safe place for me, and it’s very good.
There are women working there, and people that are just like me.
And it’s a great place to work, and a great time to work,” he added.
Mark Cresci, former manager at the Milwaukee bread barber’s shop.
(Kaitlyn Vowell/News24)”I feel like it’s an organization that’s been around for 20 years.
And if you look at the demographics of the place, the people that come and go, there’s a lot of young men, a lot more white men,” Crescu said.
He said the store’s employees are the “lifers” of the business.
“It doesn’t make sense to me to be in a situation where you’re going to be firing people because you don’t like the people you work with,” he told News24.
Cresci said the shop has “never been like that in the past.”
“I think the women that work there are the lifers of the store, and that’s what makes it so special.
They’re the ones that make the bread, they’re the cooks, they work the machines, they clean the floors, and so forth.
It just feels like a family,” he explained.
A former employee said the owners of the Bread Bar in Milwaukee are always willing to help.
“The owner of the bakery has always come to the store and had a conversation with me.
They’ve done a great job and they’re so nice, so I just feel like I’m a part, and everyone is part of that family,” said former employee Jamey.
Jamey, who has worked at the store since 2004, said he did not know of the alleged sexual misconduct.
He added that “they don’t really take any of the reports, they just keep working, they do the business.”
The business is located at 1614 N. Wisconsin Ave.
The owner did not respond to a request for comment.