April 9, 2010
CEO sued for anti-Semitic remarks
A former employee of an online baby equipment retailer is suing its CEO for allegedly making frequent anti-Semitic remarks.
In his suit against BabyAge.com, Shlomo Hecht claims that in January 2009 company CEO Jack Kiefer told Hecht “in an angry tone that he did not want a ‘Jew Boy Club’ in the office” and made it clear that he did not want Hecht observing Jewish holidays, the Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Times Leader reported.
The suit further alleges that Kiefer and other executives “plotted to eliminate all Jewish employees in high level positions, and that Kiefer told Hecht a certain employee was fired because he was a ‘typical (expletive) Jew, that is corrupt through and through.’”
Hecht says he was let go last Aug. 25 because of his religion. He is seeking $225,205 for breach of contract and $11,925 for legal expenses stemming from a lawsuit brought by BabyAge in 2009 against Hecht that eventually was voluntarily dismissed.
Calls to BabyAge.com for comment were not returned.