Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

NY lawyer in hot water after racist rant goes viral

NY lawyer in hot water after racist rant goes viral

Mayor Bill de Blasio did not directly address the matter but took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon and said that the city's diversity "is our strength", noting that the 8.6 million people who speak more than 200 languages are "all New Yorkers" and are "all welcome here".

A NY lawyer who went on a rant targeting Spanish-speaking restaurant workers is reportedly being kicked out of his office space.

Schlossberg has been caught on video in tirades before.

The website for Schlossberg says he is a lawyer with a focus on commercial and insurance law and notes that he speaks Spanish and some French, Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew, in addition to English.

New York City has a human rights law that protects against discrimination and harassment based on immigration status or national origin.

There have already been some consequences besides online reviews, though: The midtown building where the attorney's office was located evicted him on Thursday.

Despite a massive backlash from his viral racist rant, Aaron Schlossberg likely won't be disbarred for the outburst.

"Honey, I'm calling ICE!" he says, glowering.

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The GoFundMe was inspired by the viral video of Schlossberg accosting restaurant workers for not speaking English in midtown Manhattan. The employee stares ahead, stone-faced, occasionally nodding, as the angry man threatens to call US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Edward Suazo, who posted the video to Facebook, wrote that Schlossberg confronted him and his wife in a restaurant, and he called the attorney an "asshole".

In the video, Schlossberg yells after saying he heard two employees at Madison Avenue's Fresh Kitchen speaking Spanish.

The attorney, who received national scorn for his crude commentary, did call the police after accusing a Daily News reporter and photographer of harassment.

Ranting at the Fresh Kitchen staff he goes on to say he doubts many of them have the correct documentation to be working in the U.S. and threatens to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Accordingly, the fallout continues for Schlossberg: Google users have taken to reclassifying his law firm as a Mexican restaurant, while hundreds of one-star reviews have flooded the firm's Yelp page.

Ruben Diaz Jr, the Democratic Bronx borough president, joined Espaillat's complaint.

Also. he was reportedly booted from his office space Thursday. In another video, he allegedly shoved a pedestrian on the sidewalk then told him, "I'm a citizen here".

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