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October 29, 2013 12:32 pm

NYC Deliveryman Wins $900,000 Verdict in Anti-Semitic Harassment Suit

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Adam Wiercinski. Photo: NY Post.

A New York City deliveryman has won a $900,000 jury verdict, payback for the anti-Semitic harassment he endured while working at a Midtown eatery for more than a decade-and-a-half, the New York Post reported.

“It’s a very happy ending — I’m in another world,” said Adam Wiercinski, who worked at Mangia 57.

According to the lawsuit filed by Wiercinski, supervisors would call him a “Jewish pederast,” throw pennies at him, and make other anti-Semitic jokes.

One manager, Artur Zbozien, was particularly brutal, often passing gas in front of Wiercinski, and then joking that the gas was Zyklon B, the poison used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust, the lawsuit claimed.

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“How can I explain to you — he passed wind, loudly,” Wiercinski told The Post of Zbozien.

“Everybody laughed, and then he said, ‘See, this is your Zyklon B, you stupid Jew.'”

According to the Post, Wiercinski worked at the West 57th Street restaurant from 1992 until 2008, staying despite the abuse because, “He was 50 years old,” explained his lawyer, Matthew Blit. “He said, ‘Who else is going to hire a 50-year-old deliveryman.’ He was afraid.”

Jurors heard just three days of testimony last week and reached a verdict Thursday in just four hours, Blit said.

“He’s in shock,” the lawyer said of Wiercinski’s reaction to the hefty jury award. “He was so happy. It’s a moral victory for him.”

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  • ruth rachel

    he didn’t fight back physically. he needed a job to support his family at 50 years of age. he held it together because he needed to, stewing all the time. that takes guts.

    in the end, he won. remember, revenge tastes best when served cold.

    GOOD FOR HIM

  • Neil

    Now Zbozien can fart upwind for the rest of his days. I hope Wiercinski takes whatever assets there are and that his life is long and filled with peace.

  • Sandy Brown

    Gosh poor man. Glad he got some compensation. Hope he will be OK. If you said that here in the UK you would not last long. We would not put up with it for years and years. I know what it is like to be scared though.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Bulling and harassment in work place is much more spread that people thing, in this case against a Jews, good that a least he will had justice with economical compensation.

  • Michael Levy

    There was also another “stupid Jew” some time back and I believe his name was Jesus……………

  • martina buber

    You are lucky now, in 1933-1945 the was no State of Israel, but now you can trust you will always be welcome and safe there.
    But you let everyone slander and defame Israel while you are standing by and do nothing- if not taking part in it.

    Remember- strong Israel is the different between life and death for you,

  • Put them out of business? NO!!! make them PAY FOR THEIR DIRTY MOUTHED TALK. LET THEM STAY IN BUSINESS SO THEY CAN PAY THE JUDGEMENT IMPOSED BY THE COURT.

    LET ‘EM LEARN THAT JEWS ARE NOT GOING TO LOWER THEIR EYES AND TOLERATE THE KIND OF LOW-CLASS CRAP THEY POURED OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS.

    They’ll think twice before they talk like THAT again!!

  • Claudio Foreventi

    Seems like a very odd story…..why didn’t the guy smack the bitch on the face? When you let this kind of stuff go on for that many years, it becomes a question of what kind of man are you to let this go on. We all have choices…..and sometimes no job….but dealing out a good beating…..can be a satisfying choice……maybe some Jewish people still need to learn this.

    • esther g

      What a silly, immature remark.
      “What kind of man are you…?” the kind that knows he needs to put bread on the table and support his family. Your way : “dealing out a good beating” – MAY have made him feel good (although i doubt it) – but it would have gotten him fired from his job and arrested for assault. That would be a good place to leave his family. Dad in prison, mom and kids on welfare and food stamps.

      How dare you make such a remark? Yeah – we all have choices. He made the moral one, and in the end prevailed.

  • Sunshine

    Wonderful. Happy.

  • R

    I don’t think that boycotting the place would be effective. Weircinski had to make a living working there. He did the right thing: sue the employers. They’ll think twice before they open their big anti-Jewish yaps again. Stupid bastards…they had it coming to them! Let this be a warning to others: shut yer mouf before you talk bad to Jews…we’re not gonna tolerate your goddam dirty mouth. GET IT?

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    We always think that antisemitism is dead in Ameica. How wrong we are! There is always an ignorant jerk around us.

  • Jack

    Put them out of business AFTER they pay.

  • This win is one of a kind. Usually these kinds of racist harassment cases are won by Blacks or Muslims in America.

  • His lawyers were $450,000 happy. Perhaps they should be regularly exposed to flatulence.

  • Alter

    Mazel Tov

  • Hezakiah

    He put up with that garbage for 15 years??!! After the first time,I would have been there with a baseball bat the next morning.

    • Ilbert Phillips

      Indeed. No judgment, just jail time.

  • Debra Michels

    I’m delighted he won this lawsuit! It feels good – reassuring, comforting – to hear that the jury was so understanding and supportive! I hope their verdict is noticed by anyone else suffering in such ways.

  • Asher Levy

    Outrageous indeed. Rather than launching a lawsuit the best option for Adam Wiercinski would have been to ball up his fist and plant it on the face of whomever was making such outrageous remarks. That would have been the real moral victory.

  • Steve

    Boycott this place

  • isaac oberndorfer

    Outrageous. What world do these 3 owners live in. I’ll bet half of their clientele are Jewish. How could he have worked there for 15 years? The best answer is to boycott that place and put them out of business. It appears they are Polish and what a disgrace. It should be put on Facebook and Twitter, Then they will learn a lesson.

    • THESE ARE POLISH ANTI SEMITES,IN POLAND THE PRIESTS WERE TEACHING THEM TO HATE THE JEWS, PERIOD! THEY SHOULD GO BACK TO POLAND AND LIVE THERE! PEOPLE LIKE THIS WE DONT NEED!! BOYCOTT THEM UNTIL THEY CLOSE THE DOORS!! THIS WAY THEY WILL LEARN TO RESPECT OTHERS!!

    • Dear Obie,

      I’m trying to find out is you are a friend of mine from 14th street in Brooklyn. if you are I have been trying to contact you to say a big thanks for the support you gave the Africa program I stared.

      Re the horrifying treatment of this man, will it never end? There are so many ethnic groups in the U.S. all depending on each other in one way or another. What type of jerks were these. The settlement is too small.
      Thanks.
      Bisi

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