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.
“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.”