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Toxic boss ‘brought prostitutes to business meetings’

A former employee accused UK-based Nomos Capital owner, Mark Lowe, of sex discrimination and creating a hostile work environment by telling inappropriate, sexist jokes to employees and by frequently bringing prostitutes to business meetings.

Mark Lowe

Mark Lowe

 

Jordan Wimmer, 29, is suing Lowe for £4 million at a London employment tribunal for firing her from her £500,000 a year job as a marketing executive after having subjected her to ongoing sexual harassment.

Wimmer testified that Lowe, who is estimated to be worth £103 million, brought an Asian escort named Ling to investor and distribution meetings in Hong Kong in October 2005.  Wimmer said, “In spite of everyone else wearing formal business attire on these occasions Ling wore designer hot pants which barely covered her buttocks, stilettos and no stockings… which was very inappropriate.”  Lowe also allegedly brought a Russian escort to business meetings in London, Paris and Geneva.

On the Paris trip, Wimmer told the tribunal that Lowe took Ms Wimmer and a female colleague to two topless clubs during their Paris trip, where Lowe suggested that they get their own “private lap dance.”

Wimmer also alleged that Lowe repeatedly told sexist jokes to employees and that he referred to Wimmer as a “bimbo” and “stupid blonde” on a number of occasions.

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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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Job Interview Tip: Google Your Potential Boss

The following is a post from one of our guest bloggers:

When you see the headline “Job Interview TipGoogle your Potential Boss”, you must be wondering what eBossWatch is referring to?  Well, let me tell you about a personal experience from last year.  

Given the current economic condition, we are in what is referred to as an employer’s market.  I was invited into an interview in a major city and I when I saw the agenda, I could not believe the schedule.  It was an all-day interview, which lead me to believe they were just using that time to find things wrong with candidates and to be overly critical.  Nonetheless, I went to the interview and was appalled to discover that another candidate for the same role had been invited there for the same time – a big red flag and inappropriate. 

I went through the all-day job interview without being offered lunch and was dying to get home.  The potential boss seemed amiable, but I believe he went overboard for this easy position.  His name was very distinctive and he told me where he used to live.  When I returned home from the job interview, I Googled this boss and this is the headline that I found of an article about him from a major newspaper:  “Candidate charged with indecent exposure in ’97”

Anyway, I never heard back from that company, and it was probably a blessing in disguise. 

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What to do if you are being bullied at work

Good Morning America” viewers emailed their questions to Tory Johnson, and she offered advice about how to identify and deal with a workplace bully

Johnson identified the following common forms of workplace bullying:

  • Humiliating comments or actions
  • Excessive yelling
  • Undermining your status at work
  • Failing to give credit

Johnson recommends the following actions for people to try to stop workplace bullies from targeting them:

  • Stop the bullying on the spot
  • Walk away from a tirade
  • Confront the bully calmly
  • Document the abuse
  • Find a new job

Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on “Good Morning America” and the CEO of Women for Hire

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Jet2.com CEO Berates Employees in Front of Customers

Philip Meeson, the CEO of Jet2.com, received a warning from Manchester Airport Police after publicly screaming at his own employees in front of hundreds of customers lined up at the airline’s check-in counter.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman reported that airport police officers arrived to the scene after receiving reports that a man was being abusive to staff.

Meeson apparently went ballistic after feeling that his employees were not working hard enough to ease the long lines at the check-in counter.

Source: comparecarrentals.co.uk

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What to do when a former boss lies during a reference check

A job seeker submitted a question to a Q&A forum on Lawyers.com.  She was offered a job, conditional on receiving positive references from her past bosses. 

But when the new employer checked with the job seeker’s previous employers, her last boss lied and said that she stole some items and had attendance issues. 

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Judge OK’s Former Hooters Girl Discrimination Lawsuit Against Hawaiian Tropic Zone

Manhattan supreme Court Judge Edward Lehner greenlighted the discrimination and hostile workplace lawsuit filed by former Hooters Girl Melody Morales against the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant, which is located in Times Square.

Morales, 22, sued the Times Square restaurant in January after the stunner with a 34-D cup size says she was twice rejected for a job by managers who didn't much care for her "Latin accent."

Morales, 22, sued the restaurant in January 2009 after two hiring managers rejected her for a job because they allegedly didn’t like her “Latin accent.”  Morales is of mixed Dominican and Puerto Rican background.

The Hawaiian Tropic Zone, which refers to itself as “The Hottest Place on Earth,” is also facing a $600 million federal lawsuit from four former female workers accusing an ex-boss of sickening and widespread sexual harassment and a hostile workplace.

The harassment eventually escalated into rape and forcible sodomy. The women — a former senior manager, a bartender, a hostess and an office assistant — claim their former boss, Anthony Rakis, subjected them to months of lewd and toxic behavior while management turned a blind eye.  In September 2006, the suit alleges, Rakis drugged and brutally raped ex-senior manager Giulietta Consalvo in a taxi.

According to the lawsuit, Anthony Rakis, a married, 40-year-old father of two, “is a rapist and sexual predator who was given full rein by the Riese Organization to sexually assault, molest, batter and rape the female employees.  In that sense, he was not unlike a pedophile at a daycare center.”

Also targeted in the lawsuit is popular Manhattan chef David Burke, who allegedly groped Consalvo and others. Burke devised the menu for the Hawaiian Tropic Zone restaurant.

Sources: NYDailyNews.com and NYPost.com

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