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