Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg once told a female worker who was struggling to find childcare to hire ‘a little black’, according to a 1998 court case.
“It’s a damn baby! The only thing it does is food and food! It doesn’t know the difference between you and someone else! All you need is a black person who doesn’t need to speak English to make it out of a burning building, “Bloomberg said to a female salesperson in July 1993 who had just had a baby, according to the lawsuit.
The woman responded by crying for her boss’s harsh words, according to the lawsuit, which is the subject of a new report from the Washington Post.
The incident is one of many descriptions of sexist and humiliating remarks that were drawn up in a lawsuit filed against Bloomberg and his financial information company in 1998 by Sekiko Sakai Garrison.
Bloomberg is seen in his company’s television studios in 1994. A surfaced lawsuit alleges that he made cruel remarks to women who worked for him in the 1990s
The central claim in the lawsuit is that when Bloomberg heard on April 11, 1995 that Garrison was pregnant, he reportedly said to her, “Kill it!”
Garrison asked Bloomberg to repeat what he said and she said he replied: “Kill it! Excellent! Number 16!, Which she took as a reference to the number of pregnant women and new mothers in the company, according to the lawsuit.
Sekiko Sakai Garrison (above) filed the lawsuit in 1998. It was settled out of court
Garrison said in the suit that she interpreted Bloomberg’s statement as an instruction to “have an abortion to keep her job.”
The case was settled out of court and Bloomberg denied that he had made the cruel remark and insisted that his comment was misunderstood or that the context was distorted.
A spokesperson for the Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to an investigation by DailyMail.com regarding the alleged “single black” comment.
The old lawsuit, and others related to complaints about discrimination against Bloomberg LP, are being re-examined, as the Bloomberg presidential campaign faces hard questions about the ability of the former New York mayor to win black voters.
As a mayor, Bloomberg foresaw sharp falls in crime that continued from the term of his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, and was a strong proponent of ‘stop-and-fouk’ policies.
Bloomberg declared stop-and-fouille for getting illegal weapons off the street and drastically reducing shootings, but his critics consider it a racist policy aimed at black and Spanish youth.
Earlier this week, Bloomberg attempted to address race issues by launching an outreach initiative, “Mike For Black America.”
Bloomberg gathered black supporters in Texas on Thursday, setting his sights on so-called “Super Tuesday” on March 3, when voters in 16 states and territories cast their vote in the Democratic primary.
“This month we look back and celebrate black history together, because black history is American history,” Bloomberg said in the Buffalo Soldiers museum, named after a civil war regiment of African-American soldiers, where he kicked off his “Mike for Black Campaign of America.
On Thursday, he again apologized for supporting random ‘stop-and-fouk’ searches by the New York police when he was mayor.
“I defended it, looking back too long, because at that time I did not understand the unintended pain that caused young black and brown families and their children.”
Bloomberg had already apologized about the scandal, but it reappeared after a recording was widespread on social media – and retrumped by Trump – in which he said the police should be deployed in minority neighborhoods because “there is all crime there.”
He received the support of the influential black Democratic mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, on Thursday.
“It’s important for me to hear that the policy that was introduced was not the right policy, that it was flawed, that it was insensitive,” Turner said.