A couple of points before we start:

  • I know who Elie Tahari is because he spells and pronounces his first name just like I do (it’s like “Eliot” without the “it”).
  • I once told a toll lady on the New Jersey Turnpike: “You know, you should really have to pay me for having to drive on this thing.” She didn’t laugh though.

Thomas Horodecki, a manager in a design house for Elie Tahari, is suing the company for $2 million because he was forced to work in New Jersey.

Sounds reasonable to me…

If you want to know about what a “design house” is and whether or not they can accommodate bros, check out our sister site, Fashionista. But if you want to know more about the horrors of working in New Jersey, you’ve come to the right place. From the New York Post:

“It was the smog. It was depressing driving to Jersey,” said Thomas Horodecki, 36. “The traffic was horrendous on Route 4, and they are pretty bad drivers. The stores are kind of cheesy for the most part.

“New York City has everything when it comes to fashion, especially Saks. And when it comes to styling, let’s just say Jersey is difficult. Fashion it is not!”

Lat is from New Jersey, and I’m sure if he was here he’d say something about how New Jersey isn’t as bad as this guy is making it sound.

But Lat’s not here, so we’ll go back to Horodecki’s waking nightmare that typifies New Jersey. He alleges that he was passed over for a more senior position, and then exiled to Jersey.

That hurt his brain:

“Mentally, I just started going crazy. I had a breakdown. I was crying to my partner,” he said. “Depression set in. I couldn’t go to work anymore. I’m presently seeing a psychologist and [I'm] on Zoloft.”

The weekly trips to New Jersey weighed heavily on Horodecki.

“Mentally, I was exhausted from everything. It absolutely contributed to my breakdown as time went along,” he said.

Horodecki is currently on disability leave.

Rest assured, if ATL moved its offices to Hoboken, I’d develop a serious case of carpel tunnel.

Elie Tahari manager exiled to New Jersey demands $2M for ‘anguish’ [New York Post]


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