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Management demands Liberty House doorman work 16-hour shift after tenant deaths: suit

Worker demanding lost wages, punitive damages against RY Management
March 11, 2016 10:33AM


Liberty House in Battery Park City

A doorman who dealt with two tenants’ deaths — one suicide, one natural — and instead of getting time off, was assigned to work a 16-hour shift, according to a recent lawsuit.

The first incident took place on March 8, 2015, when Julius Booker was subbing in as a concierge at the 239-unit, 178,580-square-foot Liberty House, a condominium complex at 377 Rector Place in Battery Park City.

An elderly couple asked him to come their unit. When he arrived, the woman was screaming and the man, “wearing only a T-shirt,” was on the toilet near death, according to the lawsuit.

In the suit, Booker said he had never been summoned to an apartment before with the tenant there, and “assumed that the tenants needed something simple, or had something to give him, such as homemade cookies,” the New York Post reported.

The doorman held the man’s hand and comforted him, according to the suit.

Less than a week later, Booker entered the unit of a resident who wasn’t answering her phone. The woman had committed suicide.

Booker quit instead of working the shift and is asking for unspecified lost wages and punitive damages in the lawsuit against RY Management and the building superintendent at Liberty House, the Post reported. [NYP]Dusica Sue Malesevic