Michael Bloomberg’s media company is being sued by a former employee who claims to have suffered age discrimination, was fired after a work-induced panic attack and pressured to sign an NDA.
Laurie Evans, former director of adapted content for the Business Week department of Bloomberg LP, started working for Michael Bloomberg’s media company in 2010 and claims that the work environment became hostile shortly after he returned to work in June 2015 after treatment with breast cancer.
The 56-year-old says in court that the environment made her anxious and depressed and in 2016 she finally got a panic attack that led to an overnight stay in the hospital for ‘urgent psychological care’.
Just three days after her release from the hospital, court documents say she was fired and her entire division in Bloomberg had ended.
Evans, however, claims that the company lied about her resignation and says the division was not eliminated, but that they hired a younger employee and pressured her to sign an NDA.
The company of millionaire Mike Bloomberg is sued by a former employee who claims that she has been wrongfully dismissed and has been confronted with age discrimination
“In 2019 [Evans] discovered that this view was false and that she had in fact been replaced by a younger employee, “according to a court document filed on February 11 by her lawyer Donna Clancy.
Evans claims in court cases that when she returned from her breast cancer treatments, Keith Grossman, now President of Time, was the new acting CFO of the Bloomberg media department and started excluding her from meetings and ignoring her requests.
Laurie Evans claims that Keith Grossman (photo), then acting CFO of the Bloomberg media division, terminated at least 30 employees over the age of 40
She claims that Grossman has fired several women over 40 years of age and says she feared for her own job because from 2015 to 2016 the company ended at least 30 employees over 40 years of age.
Evans claims that this brought extra stress and anxiety because she relied on her health insurance policy provided by the employer to pay for her ongoing cancer treatments.
Then, on November 17, 2016, Evans had a panic attack after hearing that her good friend had been fired.
According to court documents, the panic attack was “so serious and uncontrollable that she immediately left work and went to her doctor, who led her to the emergency room after she found that she was in the midst of a nervous breakdown.”
During her stay in the hospital, Evans claims that Grossman called her and her husband answered and told the CFO that she might have to take leave for mental disability.
She was terminated three days later by a Human Resources employee.
Evans says she was told that in order to receive severance pay, she had to sign the NDA and divorce agreement stating that Evans would not sue the company. Pictured: the Bloomberg LP world headquarters in New York City
Evans says she was told that in order to receive the severance pay, salary or bonuses she had earned, she had to sign the NDA and divorce agreement stating that Evans would not sue the company.
Her lawyer told me Fox news that the divorce agreement was misleading and created “economic pressure” by saying that Evans had to sign it to collect money she already owed.
Evans’ lawyer Donna Clancy (photo) submitted the court documents on 11 February
Evans claims in court documents that it wasn’t until 2019 that she heard the company had lied to her about the elimination of her division by a former senior colleague.
The colleague also told her that she had been replaced by a younger woman.
“We essentially claim fraud,” Clancy told Fox News.
The lawsuit seeks damages of at least $ 5 million, but Clancy says, “it’s not just about the money, it’s about having the day in court.”
Clancy also said Evans is willing to give up the money she raised as part of the divorce agreement to “go back to resignation” and let a jury decide the matter.
This is after the former mayor of New York Bloomberg said he would not move to release women from secrecy agreements they had concluded with his company after being charged and claiming they had experienced a hostile work environment.
‘You can’t just walk away from it. They are legal agreements, and as far as I know, the other party would not want to come out, “he said Wednesday, ABC news reported.