We must place the word “alleged” in front of all of this, for it is just a law suit at this point, but if the outrageous conduct described in the complaint made by Albert Sultan against his former boss, Manhattan real estate broker Jack Terzi, is even close to true, Terzi may be the Tin Standard against which all other abusive employers should be judged.
Sultan says in his 15-page lawsuit that he was hired by Terzi in 2009, shortly after Terzi started his real estate business. After three years of Terzi’s reign of terror, Sultan says, he became “emotionally distraught, humiliated and embarrassed” by “systematic and continuous unlawful harassment” at the hands of his tyrannical and abusive boss, who, among other things…
- Made him perform personal tasks not in his job description, such as parking Terzi’s car and bringing him coffee.
- Required him to work a 60-hour week, including 26 Sundays annually, with no sick days or vacation.
- Cheated him out of six months salary and commissions worth $129,320.
Wait! I haven’t gotten to the juicy stuff yet!
In addition, Sultan alleges, Terzi…
- Set up a series of fines for office transgressions, such as $15 a minute for arriving late to work, $30 a minute for leaving early, and a whopping $1,000 for missing a scheduled Sunday.
- Frequently abused Sultan verbally, calling him a “fucking idiot” and a “piece of shit’.”
- Threw a shoe and a pair of scissors at him.
- Sneezed in his face intentionally and repeatedly.
The pièce de résistance, however, and the allegation that will enshrine Jack Terzi in the Abusive Bosses Hall of Infamy if true, is this:
- Sultan says that on at least one occasion Terzi urinated on his clothes in front of co-workers!
Terzi’s lawyer denies Sultan’s claims, of course, which if invented have to comprise one of the most creative and audacious fabricated employment law suits I’ve ever seen. He is counter-suing, also “of course,” saying that the suit is designed to deflect attention away from the fact that Sultan methodically stole Terzi’s clients and violated a strict non-compete agreement. It’s quite possible, of course, that both Terzi and Sultan are correct about what the other did. Violating non-compete agreements, however, while wrong and actionable (if the court doesn’t find that the non-compete clause is unfairly restrictive and thus unenforceable, which courts often do), is unremarkable. Urinating on your employee, however, is truly the signature of a boss from Hell.
I do have a question, though. Why would Sultan work for such a monster for three years? I’ve always had an ironclad rule regarding jobs, myself.
Once the boss urinates on me, I’m gone.
Facts: Daily News
Special Thanks: Reader Ulrike Lerche, who showed me how to accent pièce de résistance.
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