Sunday, May 06, 2012

The boss from hell?

Good Day Readers:

One can't help but wonder what this alleged jerk did for Secretary's Day - throw chocolates or flowers at support staff, that is, if he even bothered to buy them!

Clare L. Pieuk
Cantor Fitzgerald Vice President was boss from hell, Secretary says in suit

Flung boiling hot tea and invectives at her, she claims

By Richard Schapiro
Thursday, May 3, 2012

 Cantor Fitzgerald boss Michael Lampert and ex-Cantor Fitzgerald secretary Crystal Mitchell.
Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald secretary Crystal Mitchell says her boss Michael Lampert threw a boiling-hot cup of tea at her, among other things.

He may have been the boss from hell.

An ex-Cantor Fitzgerald secretary says her superior was a foul-mouthed tyrant who flung food at her and flew off the rails when she forgot to remove a teabag from his hot drink.

In a suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Crystal Mitchell, 30, says her tea transgression sent Michael Lampert into a hot-headed tizzy.

“Without any advance notice or warning, [Lampert] picked up and threw his boiling hot cup of tea at [Mitchell],” the suit alleges.

“The boiling hot liquid spilled on [Mitchell], burning her stomach and upper leg, and staining her clothes.”
Tea wasn’t the only weapon in Lampert’s arsenal.

Lampert, a senior vice-president and general counsel of Cantor spin-off BGC Securities, also bombarded Mitchell with yogurt and a plate of pasta, the suit says.

Then there were the insults.

“Almost daily, [Lampert\] humiliated and degraded [Mitchell\], yelling at her as if she was inferior and calling her: ‘stupid,’ ‘moron,’ ‘the dumbest person I ever met,’ ‘incompetent,’ and ‘idiot,’ ” the suit says.

“Don’t f-----g talk to me until you get my breakfast,” Lampert would bark, according to court papers.
Lampert could not be reached, and a Cantor Fitzgerald spokesman declined to comment.

“As a matter of policy, Cantor Fitzgerald does not comment on litigation,” spokesman Robert Hubbell said.
Mitchell, a mother of four from Queens, worked under Lampert for less than two months last year.

During her brief stint, Mitchell claims, Lampert refused to allow her to visit her sick child during her lunch breaks, and frequently made “derogatory and sexist comments” about her having to care for her children.

Mitchell says Lampert didn’t abuse any of his male assistants.

In the discrimination suit, she says she complained about the treatment to human resource managers — but her pleas for help were ignored.

Mitchell told higherups she was going to resign in early May, but before her resignation took effect, she was axed.

She also says she suffered a miscarriage shortly afterward that she attributes to the abuse.

“He treated me like crap,” Mitchell, of Elmhurst, told the Daily News.

“Being put down so much, I sat there on edge constantly. It was a constant feeling of sickness in my stomach.”


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