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Fashion Manager’s Arbitration Claim Seeks $2M for Anguish of New Jersey Exile

Posted Mar 18, 2011 8:40 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A manager for design house Elie Tahari alleges in a $2 million arbitration claim that he was exiled to New Jersey due to his complaints about being unfairly passed over for promotions.

Thomas Horodecki is Christian and Polish; he claims his manager favored less experienced Jewish Israeli staffers who vacationed with her in Israel, the New York Post reports. His lawyers claim discrimination based on national origin and religion.

Horodecki says he is currently on disability leave after suffering a mental breakdown spurred partly by his banishment. He told the Post that New York is the place to be for fashion, while New Jersey is, well, difficult.

"It was the smog. It was depressing driving to Jersey," Horodecki told the newspaper. "The traffic was horrendous on Route 4, and they are pretty bad drivers. The stores are kind of cheesy for the most part.”

Hat tip to Pat’s Papers.

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