Category Archives: Bosses in the News

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What it’s like to work for a celebrity boss

Ever wondered what it’s like working for a well-known celebrity?  Curious about how Ben Stiller, Paris Hilton, and Courtney Love stack up as bosses?

Minyanville.com has interviewed the current and former personal assistants of several famous actors.  They have shed some light on the work environment, salaries and benefits that you can expect when working as a celebrity personal assistant.

Click here to read the Minyanville.com ‘When Your Boss Is a Star’ interviews.

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Boss donates kidney to save employee’s life

As employees at a liquor store in Lehigh Valley, PA noticed their coworker Rob Fenstermaker slowly dying of polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary and fatal condition, their discussions about how to help led a few employees to get tested to determine if their kidneys were potentially compatible to Rob’s.

Their boss, Brian DeAngelis, also agreed to be tested, and his kidney was found to be a perfect match for Rob.  Brian did not hesitate, and in May 2009, doctors successfully carried out the transplant operation that saved Rob’s life.

Brian Deangelis

Brian DeAngelis

Rob Fenstermaker and his amazing boss have fully recovered from the operation and both have returned to work.  They are now close friends who share a unique bond.

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The best boss in Boston

A manager at EMC Corporation was selected by Boston.com readers from about a dozen finalists as “Boston’s Best Boss.”  Nancie Ruane, manager of the product data stewardship team at EMC, credits three aspects of her management style for contributing to her success: two-way communication, mutual respect, and setting clear expectations.

Ruane has an open-door policy, and her team members have the ability to make significant decisions without having to seek her approval.  In nominating Ruane in the ‘best boss’ contest, one of her employees wrote, “Nancie is not only our boss, she truly is our friend.”

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Madoff office work environment fueled by heavy drug use and “sexual deviance”

A legal complaint filed yesterday by California-based lawyer Joseph Cotchett, who represents about a dozen victims of Madoff’s multi-billion dollar investment Ponzi scheme, describes the Madoff work environment as “a culture of sexual deviance” and containing massive drug use.

According to the lawsuit, employees described drug-fueled “wild office parties” hosted at Madoff’s headquarters that featured topless waitresses and sexual encounters on “their boss’ sofa.” 

The lawsuit alleges that from 1975 to 2003, Madoff had a designated employee supply the office with such massive amounts of cocaine that insiders referred to the Madoff office as “The North Pole.”

“Madoff’s affinity for escorts, masseuses and attractive female employees was well known in the office culture,” the complaint says. “A significant amount of the money stolen from investors went towards these lavish indulgences as well as other expenses for his employees, family and favorite feeders.”

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Survey: One in four US employees would fire their boss if they could

In a survey that Harris Interactive conducted for Adecco last week, more than one in four (28%) of American workers would fire their boss if they were given the opportunity.

The survey also found that 53% of workers do not think their boss is honest, fair, or patient. Two-thirds do not think that their boss is loyal.

Not surprisingly, 89% of workers said that their relationship with the boss is important for their job satisfaction.

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EEOC files lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In for sexual harassment and retaliation

The EEOC filed a lawsuit against Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, Ltd., and B&B Consultants, Inc., doing business as Sonic Drive-In in Los Lunas, N.M., for not stopping a Sonic supervisor from subjecting female employees to sexual harassment and retaliating against the women who complained about the hostile work environment.

The EEOC lawsuit alleges that a number of female employees were forced to endure pervasive sexual comments and innuendo and unwelcome touching of bodies.  The lawsuit claims that the ongoing harassment and retaliation caused several women to leave their jobs at Sonic Drive-In.

“Our investigation revealed that a managerial supervisor was permitted to harass these women in the workplace and Sonic did not act promptly to provide corrective relief.” said EEOC Phoenix Acting District Director Rayford Irvin. “Employers have an important responsibility to protect their employees from harassment and retaliation in the workplace.”

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