Working in New Jersey Led to Breakdown: Lawsuit

Elie Tahari manager's $2M suit also alleges discrimination
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 10:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In what is quite possibly the most amusing lawsuit ever filed, a top Elie Tahari manager is suing the design house for $2 million because, he says, he suffered a mental breakdown … after being exiled to New Jersey. His complaints: the smog, the "depressing" commute, "horrendous" traffic, "pretty bad drivers," and "cheesy" stores. "New York City has everything when it comes to fashion, especially Saks," explains Thomas Horodecki. "And when it comes to styling, let's just say Jersey is difficult. Fashion it is not!"

Of course, those aren’t Horodecki’s only complaints. The reason for his banishment, Horodecki claims: He’s a Polish Christian, not Jewish, and he complained about his Israeli-born supervisor, who allegedly passed Horodecki over for promotions and raises in favor of Israeli staffers with less experience. After complaining, he found himself in, gasp, Hackensack, the New York Post reports. “Mentally, I just started going crazy. I had a breakdown. I was crying to my partner," he says. "Depression set in. I couldn't go to work anymore.” (Read more Elie Tahari stories.)

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