Racist Rant by New York Lawyer Tanks His Law Firm's Yelp Rating

Still image of a man who was caught on camera going on a rant at a NYC restaurant

Still image of a man who was caught on camera going on a rant at a NYC restaurant

"The least they can do, the least they can do is speak English".

Schlossberg is a NY business and commercial law attorney who practices in Midtown, about a block away from the restaurant. "The clients of your staff are speaking Spanish to customers, when they should be speaking English", the man said in the video.

"Mr. Schlossberg could be disciplined for this conduct but it will not lead to disbarment", said Stephen Gillers, a professor of legal ethics at New York University. "I pay for their ability to be here".

Social media users and news outlets identified the man in the recording as Manhattan-based attorney Aaron Schlossberg. One clip was posted to YouTube in October 2016 by a man who said Schlossberg attempted to shove him on a sidewalk before threatening to call the police. You don't just run into people. The employee stares ahead, stone-faced, occasionally nodding, as the angry man threatens to call US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In the clip the angry man can be heard threatening to call United States immigration on the group of Spanish speakers.

As the New York Post reported, the video prompted a number of other people to come forward who claimed they had also been harassed by Schlossberg, and other video shows him launching into racist tirades in the past as well. Yelp took down the reviews and posted a notice saying it removes both positive and negative posts that appear motivated more by news coverage than personal consumer experiences.

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Espaillat and Diaz sent a formal grievance to the First Department of the New York State Unified Court System, describing Schlossberg's comments as a "humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the Civil Rights movement".

Following the outburst, Schlossberg's firm, which practices commercial and insurance law, was bombarded with one-star reviews on Yelp, with commenters calling him a "vile racist".

Schlossberg, who has not commented on the situation, was photographed by the New York Daily News outside his Manhattan apartment Thursday morning.

People who know the attorney have reached out to King, who has tweeted out other videos of Schlossberg behaving badly - his disdain for immigrants and foreigners appears to be nothing new. People have reportedly booked a Mariachi band to pay Schlossberg a visit at his office.

On Thursday, around lunchtime, reporters tried to catch up with him and see if he still stands behind his statements.

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