People like to make jokes about New Jersey, but one of Elie Tahari‘s top store manager’s distaste for the Garden State is no laughing matter. Thomas Horodecki, the manager in question, is suing the brand for $2 million, claiming that being transferred from Manhattan to New Jersey necessitated trips to a psychologist and a Zoloft prescription.
Horodecki says that while he thought working in Jersey was bad enough, it’s the reason he was exiled from Manhattan that made traveling there unbearable. He managed the brand’s in-store boutique at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City, but claims he was passed over for promotions and pay raises because he’s a Christian and his employers are Jewish. In an arbitration claim filed Wednesday, Horodecki says “less-senior” staff members who happened to be Jewish got tapped instead of him to move up the company’s ranks, and when he complained, he was dispatched to manage in-store boutiques at malls in Hackensack and Paramus, NJ. Horodecki told The New York Post it wasn’t long before he started getting depressed.
“It was the smog. It was depressing driving to Jersey,” said Thomas Horodecki, 36. “The traffic was horrendous on Route 4, and they are pretty bad drivers. The stores are kind of cheesy for the most part.
“New York City has everything when it comes to fashion, especially Saks. And when it comes to styling, let’s just say Jersey is difficult. Fashion it is not!”
Religious discrimination is no laughing matter, but while as Fifth Avenue might be the cream of the fashion crop, New Jersey isn’t that bad.
Horodecki has (or thinks he has) ben on disability leave since December, but the company announced his firing just days after he left. We don’t know who’ll win here, but we’re interested to see if religion or style gets more attention in this case.
Elie Tahari manager exiled to New Jersey demands $2M for ‘anguish’ [The New York Post]