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Verboten nightclub lawsuit: ‘Threesomes, unpaid workers and too many blacks’

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Has one Brooklyn nightclub venue, Verboten gone too far in alienating workers, patrons and investors? Images via Verboten.

Verboten nightclub lawsuit: Has one Williamsburg nightclub managed to bite off more than it can chew? Class action suit launched…

Verboten Brooklyn nightclub has been lobbed with a lawsuit after the Williamsburg based club has been accused of pressuring workers into threesomes, unpaid salaries along with complaints that owners ‘freaked’ out with too ‘many black’ patrons attending one party.

Documents cited by the nydailynews against club owners, Jen Schiffer and her husband partner, John Perez tell of past and present employees alleging sexual harassment along with not having received wages along with disgruntled ripped off investors.

In papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, the suit charges the 40 year old Schiffer presiding over a ‘hedonistic atmosphere’ at the North 11 st megaclub where she ‘discusses her sex life- including her favorite sexual positions and sexual encounters with her husband and other women.’

Yes make mine a double on the rocks please.

During one occasion, worker Dylan Schwartz, 24, is alleged to have told a female employee, ‘Are you having a bad day? You should let me fxck you.’

The class action suit also alleges Schwartz having had an affair with Schiffer, allegations the co owner denies.

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But there’s more.

According to former doorman, Steven Suchowieski, 32, the bouncer attempted notifying Schiffer of the lewd comments with the co owner purportedly having responded: ‘I know, I know, I’m trying my best to keep a lid on that,’

In turn Suchowieski told the nydailynews that his boss tried hitting on the employees herself, telling: ‘Instead, she then targeted those employees, those girls. She basically was jealous of them.’

Barman. I think we’ve run out of gin tonight?

Verboten nightclub lawsuit

The club, which opened in 2014 after the owners had run years of parties in event spaces around the city, describes itself according to a report via the nytimes as a ‘pro-woman company’ promoting a healthy nightlife scene.

Patrons are asked to fork over a cover starting at $20.

In more allegations of mischief, the suit charges Jen Schiffer becoming furious when an employee, Darrin Morda, booked a party attended by black patrons.

‘What are all these black people doing here? You cannot book a black-people party!’ she allegedly said.

Told Morda via the nydailynews:(She said) she had promised the police there wouldn’t be black people at this club, and I put the entire club in jeopardy by doing it.’

Schiffer and Schwartz are also accused of having withheld wages for months on end. A claim that Schiffer calls ‘ridiculous’ and ‘outlandish.’

Reiterated Schiffer: ‘This is disgusting. This is not true,’

‘I’m a woman trying to run a nightclub with her husband. This personal abuse and attack is disgusting.’

To boot the woman told of not having any history of racism.’

Verboten nightclub lawsuit

Told the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Michael Willemin and David Gottlieb, of Wigdor LLP: ‘In return for being dedicated employees, our clients were mistreated, sexually harassed and not even paid for vast stretches of time.’

Interestingly the suit comes off the heels of a report via vice earlier this year in which investors accused Verboten of ‘fraud and mismanagement.’ 

Notes a letter received January 16: Brian Edward McGuinness states that he and 13 other investors have agreed to take legal action against Schiffer and Perez. According to McGuinness, the conflict began when Schiffer and Perez failed to provide investors with information about the club’s finances and operations, raising suspicion as to how their investments were being spent.

Responding to the accusations against her at the time, by investors and workers including Darrin Morda, who told he was let go for ‘asking too many questions’ Schiffer stressed that Verboten was a family-run operation with a long ties to New York City’s music community, and that bad press would significantly hurt their revenue.

Which raises the question. Will Verboten manage to survive the newest round of questions or is the adage bad press is still good press only going to help keep the venue being the ‘hedonistic’ pure fun venue that it aspires to be?

Verboten nightclub lawsuit

Verboten nightclub lawsuit

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