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Former IT chief accuses BabyAge.com of religious bias

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Shlomo Hecht, former chief technology officer for BabyAge.com in Wilkes-Barre, is suing the web-based business for religious discrimination.

Hecht, who is Jewish, claims BabyAge.com’s CEO Jack Kiefer frequently made disparaging remarks about Jews and told Hecht that he did not want a “Jew Boy Club” in the office. Hecht claims Kiefer often used profanity when describing Jews and even referred to them as “the blood-sucking tribe.” Hecht says he was told not to celebrate Jewish holidays.

BabyAge.com fired Hecht in August 2009, telling employees he was a thief. BabyAge.com also sued Hecht, but ultimately decided to drop the suit because of what they described as Hecht’s “vigorous defense.”

Hecht has now turned the tables. His suit seeks attorneys’ fees from BabyAge.com to pay for that “vigorous defense.”

He’s also asking for $225,205 for breach of contract and unspecified punitive damages for discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy.

BabyAge.com was recently purchased by a New York private equity firm, Alumni Capital Network, which now controls day-to-day operations.

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