New Jersey Teen Says His Boss Sent Anti-semitic Messages After He Asked Off For Rosh Hashanah

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EATONTOWN, NJ (JTA) — A New Jersey teen accused the manager of a local pizzeria of sending anti-Semitic text messages after he asked to take off for a Jewish holiday.

Nicholas Bogan, 17, had been working for a short time at Maurizio’s Pizzeria & Italian Ristorante in Eatontown, New Jersey, when he asked to take off the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

A lawsuit filed by Bogan and his parents in late November alleges that the store manager, Francesco Scotto Di Rinaldi, then sent a series of offensive messages.

“F–k the Jewish,” Di Rinaldi responded. “Put them on fire (fire emoji)/Like hitler was trying to do/He had a point.”

Di Rinaldi later continued, in part, “Why would you celebrate some [sic] that you don’t belong/You wrong [sic] born in america so you don’t belong to them.”

A screenshot of the messages is included with the lawsuit, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The lawsuit says Bogan never returned to work at the pizzeria because he was “deeply shaken and did not feel safe returning.”

“I thought [Di Rinaldi] was kidding and after he told me he was serious it actually hurt me,” Bogan told the Post.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. before you start working somewhere new, you should let the boss know that you cannot work on Shabbos or Jewish holidays, and figure out how to work it out. You can let them know that you can work on Christmas and New Years etc instead…

    • Seems to be a little different here, as was not taking off Shabbos or Yom tov, or even the full Rosh Hashona, just the first night. Still no excuse, and everybodys religious practice should be accepted but it should be mentioned in advance.

    • Technically, you do not have to. Because discrimination is illegal, you don’t have to tell them anything about religious observance until after you’re hired.
      Now, on a practical level I’ve told interviewers because I wouldn’t want to work at a place that would hassle me.

    • Like most Jews, he’s not frum. The fact that he observes some things and not others is actually very common. Let’s try to support him for what he does, not for what he doesn’t.

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