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Brooklyn, NY - Ralph Lauren Latest Target Of Discrimination Suit By Wheelchair-Bound Double Amputee From Borough Park

Published on: August 6, 2014 10:11 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - A wheelchair-bound Hasidic man from Borough Park, who has stirred controversy in recent years for bringing dozens of discrimination suits against city businesses under the Americans with Disabilities Act, has filed his latest suit against Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply, claiming in federal court that he “continues to be discriminated against due to the architectural barriers.”

NYPOST.com (http://pge.sx/1mm2Dox), who dubbed Zoltan Hirsch “Hell on Wheels” in 2011 after he filed 87 claims during one calendar year, is raising the question once again as to whether the 34 year-old Hirsch should be viewed as a crusader for the rights of the disabled, or just a two-bit con-man scamming New York City business owners with the help of his slick Florida attorney Bradley Weitz.

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On face value, some past claims filed by Hirsch and Weitz appear suspect, such as their 2011 claims against Midtown’s Lace strip club and Soho’s Red & White Spa over which they argued that the spa’s pedicure station discriminated against the double-leg amputee Hirsch, but the pair continues to insist that their campaign is only to better serve the disabled.

Weitz, however, was the target of a 2012 NYTIMES.com (http://nyti.ms/V1tM8O) feature that focused on out of state lawyers who actively recruit disabled New Yorkers to participate in what the TIMES called “a form of ambulance chasing, with no one actually having been injured.”

The TIMES reported that Weitz has made a cottage industry of suing New York City business owners with the help of disabled New Yorkers to whom he pays $500 per suit, while collecting thousands for himself in legal fees and out-of-court settlements.

Between 2009 and 2012, the TIMES reported, Weitz had sued filed over 200 claims against New York City business owners in federal court in Manhattan.


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 Aug 06, 2014 at 10:36 AM chosen-nation Says:

Horrible

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 10:47 AM Benny Says:

"the spa’s pedicure station discriminated against the double-leg amputee Hirsch"

That's great!
He wanted the pedicure done on what?

Common, people should have some brains!

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 10:54 AM anonymous613 Says:

A real kiddush Hashem. So selfless that he is only looking out for yenim.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 10:58 AM elys Says:

So whats so wrong about this. All the power to him. He working instead of code enforcers & getting paid.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Chilull Hashem!

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:05 AM Anonymous Says:

tongue in cheek "voss tit men nisht far parnoosa"
on a more serious note
as a disabled person their arent many things hes able to do to earn a living im sure no one is envious of his over all life situation

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:11 AM Anonymous Says:

such as their 2011 claims against Midtown’s Lace strip club and Soho’s Red & White Spa over which they argued that the spa’s pedicure station discriminated against the double-leg amputee Hirsch,

What was he doing in those places?

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:12 AM Secular Says:

A walking Chillul Hashem!

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:26 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Definitely a two bit con man.
What a disgrace.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:33 AM Anonymous Says:

I do not see what he is doing as wrong. Even if it is lo lshmah. They have a responsibility to be compliant with the Disabilities Act. He is just profiting of their unlawful behavior.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:34 AM Mark Levin Says:

Let's have some smart judges see the trend here and throw the cases out.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:36 AM ShatzMatz Says:

Reply to #8  
Secular Says:

A walking Chillul Hashem!

More like rolling chillul hashem

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:36 AM Deveee Says:

Crazy

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:40 AM c Says:

Reply to #8  
Secular Says:

A walking Chillul Hashem!

Half of your statement is true. Just another one of our own scamming the system.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 11:56 AM Liepa Says:

The lawyer and his practices should be investigated!

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:16 PM Anonymous Says:

too bad certain other parts of this jerk's anatomy (that are presumably needed to file a lawsuit) are not also dysfunctional....he creates a chilul hashem that fans the flames of anti-Semitism and places all of us at risk. I have no sympathy for someone like this who engages in the most blatant scams

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:17 PM Anonymous Says:

This is why the world hates us and we question why?

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:18 PM HeshyEmes Says:

Reply to #14  
c Says:

Half of your statement is true. Just another one of our own scamming the system.

So some goy should be the "name" plaintiff? I guess it is a bit of a quandary.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:19 PM allmark Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

tongue in cheek "voss tit men nisht far parnoosa"
on a more serious note
as a disabled person their arent many things hes able to do to earn a living im sure no one is envious of his over all life situation

He doesn't have legs but how many jobs nowadays require walking around? Most people sit at desks and use computers and phones and he seems to be quite capable to doing that.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:36 PM Anonymous Says:

The sad part is this gentleman Daven in my shul, he gets accepted with open arms, gets aliyas like everyone else (I guess money buys anything). I don't understand why they don't ask him to go some place else (like maybe the strip club that he sued to get into)

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 12:53 PM LionofZion Says:

Funny how people bring a magnifying glass when it comes to buying an Esrog, but ignore the explicit mitzvAh to teach their son a trade do he can make an honest living. This is what you get.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 01:26 PM seicheldig Says:

For all of you guys info. I spoke to zoltan in the morning he tells me the hole story is a big lye since the daily news ran the story 2 years ago he has not sued anyone. He has no idea where they came up with this story.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 01:29 PM ProminantLawyer Says:

I disagree with the statement "he doesn't have a leg to stand on"!

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 01:38 PM Haimov Says:

Reply to #4  
elys Says:

So whats so wrong about this. All the power to him. He working instead of code enforcers & getting paid.

No good for the jews. Has to be stopped by his Rabbi, community,...

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

tongue in cheek "voss tit men nisht far parnoosa"
on a more serious note
as a disabled person their arent many things hes able to do to earn a living im sure no one is envious of his over all life situation

What a stupid childish comment coming from someone with 2nd grade spelling.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 01:51 PM curious Says:

While he's a jerk, this is the same thing that lawyers do on a wholesale level. They find violations, start claims against others and then look for a client or clients.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 02:02 PM Yossi Says:

He sued Victoria Secret...What is he doing there to begin with..?

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 02:41 PM lmnop Says:

There is nothing wrong with what Mr. Hirsch is doing. How is this different than the lawsuits or NYC discrimination claims filed against Williamsburg stores for having dress codes? Who was actually hurt by those dress codes? None of the people involved in the suits ever intended on shopping at those stores. Yet, those charges went ahead and the store owners had to appear in court and agree to certain terms. It is irrelevant if Mr. Hirsch was or wasn't hurt by these establishments.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 02:43 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

This is why the world hates us and we question why?

No dear...they hate us because the Torah said they will till Moshiach comes...it's inbred...and if we were perfect, they would hate us too....or even more.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 02:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
seicheldig Says:

For all of you guys info. I spoke to zoltan in the morning he tells me the hole story is a big lye since the daily news ran the story 2 years ago he has not sued anyone. He has no idea where they came up with this story.

Seicheldig zul zich oislernen tzi shreiben English.
Hole is a luch...Whole is gantz
lye is poison Lie is a ligent...
have a good one.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 05:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Yossi Says:

He sued Victoria Secret...What is he doing there to begin with..?

He has a wife and kids

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 06:07 PM esther Says:

Reply to #28  
lmnop Says:

There is nothing wrong with what Mr. Hirsch is doing. How is this different than the lawsuits or NYC discrimination claims filed against Williamsburg stores for having dress codes? Who was actually hurt by those dress codes? None of the people involved in the suits ever intended on shopping at those stores. Yet, those charges went ahead and the store owners had to appear in court and agree to certain terms. It is irrelevant if Mr. Hirsch was or wasn't hurt by these establishments.

grow up! it seems like a lot of people from willey think " you started it" is a valid form of argument. btw, you know who pays for these trials and judgements? the rest of us.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 07:31 PM Ariel_Gold Says:

Reply to #29  
Anonymous Says:

No dear...they hate us because the Torah said they will till Moshiach comes...it's inbred...and if we were perfect, they would hate us too....or even more.

You need to unplug from the matrix.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 09:40 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

If he is making large amounts of money from this, he is probably a con man. If he is willing to settle out of court for improvements in service, then he is not. In either cases, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a great thing we can all be proud of.

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 Aug 06, 2014 at 09:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #33  
Ariel_Gold Says:

You need to unplug from the matrix.

Don't know what matrix you talkin about but I'm guessing you're not religious

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 Aug 07, 2014 at 03:20 PM seicheldig Says:

Did spell right or not. All I can say all you guys crying chillul hashem you Probably don't even know who hashem is nor what hashem is. & you Probably are mechallel hashem's name a few times every day in you're life. Forget about havei don kol odem l'kaf zechus. I want to see any of you guys have you're legs cut off & try to lead a normal life. you are Probably the people he asked for help with money. & you spit in his face or just turned away trying to help you're fellow jew all you can do is type a few hated comments & you feel better what great jews you are. My rebbi told me those who judge other people are mostly to the core themselves

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