04/23/2012 02:29 pm ET Updated Apr 25, 2012

Non-Jew Can Sue Over Anti-Semitic Comments, New Jersey Court Rules

You don't have to be Jewish to suffer from anti-Semitic slurs, according to a new court ruling.

Arutz Sheva reports that a New Jersey state appeals court reversed a lower court's decision and decided Myron Cowher can sue his former employees under the state's anti-discrimination laws.

In the suit, Cowher claims his former supervisors, Jay Unangst and Nick Gingerelli, subjected him to regular ridicule, including telling him, "Only a Jew would argue over his hours" and "If you were a German, we would burn you in the oven."

NBC New York reports that the judges didn't focus on the merits of Cowher's claims, but rather on the "proper question" of what effect the supervisors' alleged comments would have on "a reasonable Jew." Cowher's actual background is German-Irish and Lutheran.

Cowher's attorney, Robert Scirocco, told that his client had to endure a "barrage of verbal attacks on a regular basis.”