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Pharmacist sues karate center for suspension over affair with younger instructor

A New York pharmacist claims she was a victim of gender discrimination when a Long Island karate center allegedly banned her over an affair she had with one of their instructors.

Kristin Fabbio-Hamelburg, a wife and mother of two boys, said her husband has forgiven her for the tryst, but the owner of the karate center has not, according to a complaint filed with the State Division of Human Rights that was obtained by the New York Daily News.

Fabbio-Hamelburg told the Daily News that she earned her training certificate at the Rockville Center Tiger Schulmann karate center on Long Island.

But the owner, Jobin George, banned her from the center and through his attorney, Aaron Kleinmann, said it wasn’t jealousy or Puritan zeal, but her husband’s threats and frequent barging that led to the banishment.

Kristin Fabbio-Hamelburg claims she was a victim of gender discrimination when a Long Island karate center allegedly banned her for having an affair with one of their instructors

Fabbio-Hamelburg said she got her training certificate at the Rockville Center Tiger Schulmann karate center on Long Island, but it was snatched after the affair

Fabbio-Hamelburg said she got her training certificate at the Rockville Center Tiger Schulmann karate center on Long Island, but it was snatched after the affair

Fabbio-Hamelburg said she got her training certificate at the Rockville Center Tiger Schulmann karate center on Long Island, but it was snatched after the affair

According to the complaint from the Division of Human Rights, George said they did not want her back “to preserve the health and safety of the gym’s dedicated staff and students.”

Emails in the complaint show the back and forth between George and Fabbio-Hamelburg, which showed he was uncomfortable with the couple’s domestic issues.

‘A contempt [sic] husband can do crazy things, and your presence makes everyone uncomfortable because your husband is a threat,” George wrote to Kristin Fabbio-Hamelburg.

Some of the other emails paint a picture of a rejected husband who sued Fabbio-Hamelburg, insisting he was not a threat to the karate center.

Owner Jobin George banned her from the center and through his attorney, Aaron Kleinmann, said it wasn't jealousy or Puritan zeal, but her husband's threats and frequent drop-ins that led to the banishment

Owner Jobin George banned her from the center and through his attorney, Aaron Kleinmann, said it wasn't jealousy or Puritan zeal, but her husband's threats and frequent drop-ins that led to the banishment

Owner Jobin George banned her from the center and through his attorney, Aaron Kleinmann, said it wasn’t jealousy or Puritan zeal, but her husband’s threats and frequent drop-ins that led to the banishment

The affair between Fabbio-Hamelburg and the karate instructor began in 2019 when she took up martial arts at the center during a special Mother's Day class

The affair between Fabbio-Hamelburg and the karate instructor began in 2019 when she took up martial arts at the center during a special Mother's Day class

The affair between Fabbio-Hamelburg and the karate instructor began in 2019 when she took up martial arts at the center during a special Mother’s Day class

“I am NOT a threat to your school. I know it seems that way,” Daniel Hamelburg wrote in the email.

“You don’t know the real me, you only see the cheated, beaten husband I’ve become in the past 2 years, which was a nightmare for me.”

He did admit that he raised his voice in the middle.

“To show you more of who I am, after my visit in August, yes I visited again, we sat down in the office like gentlemen and I apologize for my first visit,” he wrote. “Kristin pushed me to a breaking point. It’s not fair, not only am I depressed, but so are the children.’

The affair between Fabbio-Hamelburg and the karate instructor began in 2019 when she took up martial arts at the center during a special Mother’s Day class.

“My eldest son started training there and then there was a Mother’s Day class, so I went to class because my son asked me to,” Fabbio-Hamelburg told the Daily News. “I never knew it was so satisfying to hit something.”

In 2021 she became a certified karate instructor and started teaching classes.

“It was my outlet — my stress relief — for two and a half years until Jobin arbitrarily decided to fire me,” she said.

Fabbio-Hamelburg admitted to the affair and occasionally met at the training center.

“We messed around the school a bit on two occasions, one of which Jobin claimed to have video, but I don’t know, he was never able to produce it,” she said.

The owner eventually revoked her certification, but did not punish the instructor with whom she had an affair, who was not named, she claimed.

Fabbio-Hamelburg added that she is working out with her husband and wants to be able to train and teach at other Tiger Schulmann locations.

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