henryp

henryp

Lives in United States New York, United States
Works as a B&H Photo-Video
Has a website at http://www.bandh.com/
Joined on Mar 1, 2005
About me:

For e-mail, PLEASE use: henryp@bhphoto.com

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Joined (under another screen-name) Jan 5, 2000.

Comments

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MariusM: I'm not promoting B&H or Adorama, but before jumping ship to Adorama (which many here are saying they are going to do), they do not appear to be squeaky clean, either.

http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2015/02/workers_at_elizabeth_warehouse_claim_they_were_fir.html

Amazon also treats their warehouse employees pretty hard.

Anywhere you go is going to have issues. It's the American way. Pick your poison.

I've been told the owners of B&H and Adorama are related by marriage, but not closer than that. I'm related to my brother's mother-in-law by marriage but I haven't seen or spoken to her in five or six years and don't plan to do so in the future. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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Simion1: Looking at their Wikipedia page, this doesn't appear to be the first time either.

In October 2007, it was announced that B&H Photo agreed to pay US$4.3 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against Hispanic workers.

In November 2009, a lawsuit against B&H Photo alleged that the store refused to hire women, in violation of New York City and New York State Human Rights Laws.

In December 2011, a lawsuit alleged discrimination against Hispanic workers.

In February 2016 the United States Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against B&H alleging that the company had only hired Hispanic men into entry-level jobs in a Brooklyn warehouse and then subjecting them to harassment and unsanitary conditions.

Link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%26H_Photo_Video#Controversies

When he threw out the November 2009 suit the judge said: “… plaintiff’s failure-to-promote claims are devoid of factual support.” He also said, "Plaintiff Cushnie was not qualified for the position of salesperson. Plaintiff Cushnie's written employment application reflects that Ms. Cushnie had minimal work experience, consisting solely of work as a dental assistant. In addition, Ms. Cushnie's eight-month tenure as a B&H cashier yielded at least six reported customer complaints. In this instance, Ms. Cushnie's lack of sales experience, lack of technical knowledge and deficient customer relations skills disqualified her from becoming a member of B&H Foto's sales staff."
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
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semorg: I follow a NY photographer (lady) on FB who used to work for B&H and told me on a private chat that B&H is a very racist and sexist place (toward non-jewish workers).

I couldn't believe it or didn't want to believe her, since I buy so much from B&H.

Seems like what she said was true. To be honest, it's hard to switch from B&H. I hate to pay close to 10% CA taxes and their service is pretty good with generally great pricing.

From current employee Paige Denkin:

I work there. I am female. I am not Jewish. I have gauged ears and tattoos. I speak openly about my experiences and don't hide behind allegations on social media. My superiors encourage the fact that I have the right to speak my mind and feel confident enough to respond to posts just like this. I am very loved and taken care of by this company. I've never felt threatened or segregated. ... My boss is a female and her boss a male. I've never felt anything other than respect and honesty. My team is trusted and solely responsible for being the faces and personality for B&H across the entire world. We are eccentric, none of us are Hasidic, there are women on my team including ones of Spanish heritage, men of different races. ... I had an amazing team of coworkers and a manager that let me off work early to attend the SVA lectures ... I was paid the same amount as my male counterparts and was actually promoted quicker.
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 16:43 UTC
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Bambi24: How anyone still shops at this openly racist and sexist store is beyond me. They're lucky they haven't been shut down yet.

2016: "US Labor Department Lawsuit charges NYC Jewish-owned electronics giant with discrimination.
B&H Photo ‘forced Hispanic workers to use separate, unsanitary bathrooms'.
The lawsuit also stated that female workers at the store’s warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard were not provided with a separate restroom or changing facility. "

http://nypost.com/2016/02/25/bh-forced-hispanic-workers-to-use-separate-bathroom-feds/

Of all the false and untrue accusations, the one about separate unsanitary restrooms stands out as the most ludicrous. There are none and there never were any. Have you ever seen a photo of one online? Everyone has a cellphone with a camera but there's not one photo of our chimerical separate unsanitary restrooms anywhere. Because there were and are no separate unsanitary restrooms to photograph. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 16:37 UTC
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semorg: There seems to be a long history of discrimination:
"Nakisha Cushnie, the lead plaintiff in the case, was “advised that these positions were not open to her due to ‘religious reasons,’ ” the lawsuit says."
"According to the lawsuit, this was a common practice at B & H."

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/nyregion/19bagels.html

http://gothamist.com/2011/12/14/bh_photo_sued_again_for_discrimatin.php#.

https://web.archive.org/web/20091121235418/http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/11/bh_photo_sued_f.php

When he dismissed that suit, the judge wrote:
“… plaintiff’s failure-to-promote claims are devoid of factual support.” He also said, "Plaintiff Cushnie was not qualified for the position of salesperson. Plaintiff Cushnie's written employment application reflects that Ms. Cushnie had minimal work experience, consisting solely of work as a dental assistant. In addition, Ms. Cushnie's eight-month tenure as a B&H cashier yielded at least six reported customer complaints. In this instance, Ms. Cushnie's lack of sales experience, lack of technical knowledge and deficient customer relations skills disqualified her from becoming a member of B&H Foto's sales staff."
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
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Dante Birchen: The warehouses are closed environments out of sight of the customer. B&H found that Hispanics males would work cheap and created a warehouse class employee. All Hispanic so they would understand each other, all low paid, no perspective. You never move from warehouse to store front. Next step will be to outsource warehousing so B&H doesn't have to bother with employee rights any more and can just sign a performance agreement with a warehousing company. There is always a race to to bottom where working conditions are concerned. It's the lowest paid workers that pay for a companies cost effectiveness in order to be able to compete in the market place. With their lives.

If you have access to Facebook, take a look at this:
https://www.facebook.com/PhotoshopDiva/media_set?set=a.10153283665775163.1073742093.669320162&type=3

-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
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Elliot H: ATT: Mr Posner,

Please note the comments DPR/AMAZON has allowed here along with the M E G A sized B&H logo to open the story on the homepage, seems their true colors may very well be showing.

Cliff Fujii wrote, "Mark, I was trained as a journalist and headline/article mis-match is a tactic used by editors to generate sales."
Is that what's meant by "click-bait?" -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:42 UTC
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Marty4650: If there is any bias here then it is economic, and not racial. B&H has a "bias towards making profits and staying in business."

ALL well run companies hire the best candidates who are willing to work for the least pay. This isn't racism.... it is capitalism. If those workers happen to be Hispanic, then that wasn't because B&H wants to exploit them. It is because they are the best workers who are willing to work for the least pay.

Amazon, Walmart, Target, UPS, Toyota and everyone else does the exact same thing. But since they aren't owned by "religious Jews" no one seems to notice it or have a problem with it.

The only employer who doesn't hire the best people willing to work for the least salary is the U.S. Post Office. And this might explain why they are constantly losing money, and why FedEx and UPS are thriving.

Doug Janis said, "They had a separate bathroom that only Hispanics could use, labelled as such."
In fact we did not. That's untrue and has always been untrue. Just one of the accusations we faced which were untrue. Likewise there was no asbestos or fiberglass. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
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Neez: Well, I won't be buying from them anymore.

It's unlikely you were "attacked" by three B&H employees here. There may be others here who happen to work for B&H but there is only one B&H employee authorized to speak on behalf of the company. That's me. B&H's site is 34/7/365 except order entry is offline Fri evenings and Sat until sunset NYC time out of respect for the Jewish Sabbath when all commerce is prohibited. We regret this brief interval is an inconvenience to any customer. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 20:16 UTC

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/bh-agrees-settle-outstanding-government-claims
-- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 19:28 UTC as 106th comment | 7 replies

More comprehensive article on PopPhoto's sudden demise incl letters from Bonnier CEO Eric Zinczenko & editor-in-chief Miriam Leuchter:
https://petapixel.com/2017/03/07/popular-photography-dead-80-years-top-photo-magazine/

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 18:05 UTC as 75th comment
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FantasticMrFox: "... a cache reportedly found in a B&H Photo warehouse."

Sounds more like a marketing gag timed for the release of Fuji's digital medium format, than a genuine 'discovery' ...

More accurately, "... a cache found in a Fujifilm Amercia Photo warehouse."

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 21:10 UTC
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Kaso: "thanks to a cache reportedly found in a B&H Photo warehouse"

I want to explore the NYC underground labyrinth one of these days.

The original report that, "Word on the street is that the American warehouse found a number of them, brand new, tucked away," meant the Fujifilm American warehouse, not ours. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 15:13 UTC

I'm checking but I believe the original report that, "Word on the street is that the American warehouse found a number of them, brand new, tucked away," meant the Fujifilm American warehouse, not ours. -- Henry Posner / B&H Photo-Video

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 33rd comment
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