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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:37 PM

Meet California's Most Abusive Company

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CN) - Bosses at Capital Asset Exchange and Trading, which deals in high-tech equipment, handed out Adderall to employees, ordered prostitutes in a salesman's name and ran roughshod over the labor code and simple human decency, two workers say in lurid complaints.Lev Ingman and Mira Zaslove claim Redwood City-based Capital Asset Exchange and Trading LLC shamelessly violated labor laws while company managers and co-defendants Ryan Jacob, John Srgo, Nicholas Meissner and David Jackson encouraged a hostile, hypersexual workplace.

Besides the labor code violations, Zaslove and Ingman claim CAET managers cultivated a "continual and pervasive" culture of sexual harassment, which forced Zaslove to resign.

She claims that when women performed well at CAET, "defendants Jacob, Jackson, Meissner and Sgro loudly called them 'whores' and 'bitches' in the office in front of all the other traders."

Zaslove continues: "On multiple occasions, defendant Jacob offensively asked plaintiff and others during sales meetings if 'their pussies hurt' when they disagreed with him. On one occasion, defendant Jackson told plaintiff when he was the sales manager, to whom she reported, that 'we could rape the client's mother and he wouldn't care. Throughout her employment, CAET and its supervisors ... in her presence made vulgar gestures whenever a large sale was made and characterized it as a 'big dick,' whereas when a more modest sale was made they denigrated it calling it a 'pussy' and made a correspondingly vulgar gesture. Defendant Meissner frequently screamed, berated and physically intimidated plaintiff in front of her colleagues and subordinates, to her great humiliation, just because she was a woman working at a company where he specifically stated 'women do not belong.'"

Hey, it was only words.

Lots of them. And crude gestures.


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Hestia Feb 2013 #1
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sigmasix Feb 2013 #3
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #4
Gormy Cuss Feb 2013 #5
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Response to Hestia (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:42 PM

2. D'oh! Thanks for pointing that out. n/t

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:45 PM

3. on the horizon

The day this kind of crap receives the punishment deserved will be great. Americans ought to be using social condemnation and shame on misogynists and thier organizations. I watched this sort of garbage take place for years in my line of work. There is little doubt that the future has no room for continued injustice in the work place. I hope the jury hands down a punishment that destroys this company. There will be plenty of competitors without neandertal attitudes towards women to fill thier place and create jobs.

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:43 PM

4. I almost asked in the thread upstairs in GD what the DU names of the bosses were.

It's like this story has been reading DU.

Words are actions and sexist language create the hostile workplace the person who uses it intends to create. End of story.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:08 PM

5. I have to admit, I posted it here because it seemed so apropos to the recent "word policing" threads

and the dismissal of those of us who contend that words DO matter.

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:14 PM

6. It perfectly illustrates it.

The posters who say that banning words won't do anything, you have to legislate for equality, yadda yadda.

This *is* unequal treatment, harassment and discrimination. I can't imagine being in a workplace like this and trying to ignore the demeaning language everyday. Every second you'd be bathed in contempt and wrath from your boss, on the basis of your gender.

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