Wigdor LLP represents Tony Mohammed in a lawsuit against Daisy Soros, the billionaire sister-in-law of business icon George Soros. Mr. Mohammad, a black, gay male, worked for Ms. Soros as a chauffeur, butler and housekeeper at her Upper East Side Manhattan residence. As alleged in the lawsuit, throughout his employment Mr. Mohammad was subject to relentless racial discrimination and disparaging comments about his sexual orientation.
The complaint alleges that Ms. Soros refused to allow Mr. Mohammed to sleep on the bed in the guest room at her apartment , instead forcing him to sleep on the floor at the foot of the bed; Ms. Soros never required White or heterosexual employees to do the same. As alleged in the complaint, Ms. Soros frequently made derogatory racist comments, such as, “There are so many ugly fat Black people. They could not be living here.”
In addition to the race discrimination, it is alleged that Ms. Soros frequently remarked that gay people are promiscuous and have AIDS, such as telling Mr. Mohammad “It’s better to be married to your husband than to go out there and get AIDS.” When Mr. Mohammad told Ms. Soros to stop, she said “I have money and I can treat people however I want and who gives a fuck! Don’t you know who we are?” Mr. Mohammad was ultimately constructively discharged when, as the complaint alleges, he was threatened with termination when he made further complaints to Ms. Soros about the discriminatory treatment of him and other employees.
Mr. Mohammad is represented by David Gottlieb, a Partner at Wigdor LLP and Hilary Orzick, an Associate. Speaking about the lawsuit, Mr. Gottlieb said, “No matter how much wealth or power the Soros family may have amassed, that can never excuse Ms. Soros treating a caring and hardworking employee like a second-class citizen.”