RHONJ Star Albert Manzo Slams ‘Meritless’ Bigotry Lawsuit: Claims ‘Lazy, Subpar’ Ex-Employee Just Seeking 'Big Pay Day'

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Dec. 20 2013, Published 6:34 a.m. ET

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo‘s husband, Albert, is calling foul on the ex-employee who slapped him with a lawsuit for discrimination.

Speaking exclusively to, Albert claims the waitress who worked for him and his brother Tommy at The Brownstone House in Paterson, N.J., was a "lazy, subpar employee" whose accusations of bigotry are "without merit."

“I’m appalled by the accusations,” Albert told

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In the court documentsLanise Jackson claims she’s owed money for overtime and alleges the Manzo brothers of bigotry.

Jackson claims Albert and his brother called her and other workers “Sp*c b*tches” on numerous occasions, and threw other racial and sexual slurs at her.

"Specific to that young lady, I never used that language in front of her. We are a classic melting pot at the Brownstone, and there is no truth to her claims in regards to me,” Albert said.

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Speaking on behalf of his company, he added: “To rip someone in a racial or gender bias way… that type of behavior is not accepted here.”

The father of three -- Albie, Lauren and Chris – plans to launch a countersuit.

“She is defaming me, and I plan to sue for slander,” he revealed to

“She is a lazy individual who wants a big pay day… But her claims are without merit, and I look forward to getting this cleared up.”

Albert promised to that any monetary damages he receives from the countersuit would be donated to a battered women’s charity.



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