Billionaire Mike Bloomberg once told a female employee to “kill” it after she announced she was pregnant and a former employee claims that the businessman was “rude” about women all the time.
The controversial past of the 78-year-old businessman who became a politician, of offensive and sexist remarks against women, was scrutinized as he competed for the nomination of the Democratic presidential candidate.
On April 11, 1995, top seller Sekiko Sakai Garrison told Bloomberg that she was pregnant and he responded by insinuating that she should have an abortion, according to a lawsuit settled in 1997.
“He replied,” Kill it! “, The court documents said.
Plaintiff asked Bloomberg to repeat himself and again he said, “Kill it! and muttered: “Great! Number 16!” suggesting his accident that sixteen women in the company had a pregnancy-related status. Then he walked away. “
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
On another occasion, when she said she was having trouble finding childcare, Bloomberg told her to hire “a little black.”
“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 save him from a burning building, “Bloomberg said in July 1993.
She 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 published Saturday.
Sekiko Sakai Garrison (above) filed the lawsuit in 1998. It was settled out of court
Former Bloomberg employee David Zielenziger confirmed those allegations that said to Bloomberg: “He used to talk pretty rude about women all the time.”
He said he had heard Bloomberg Garrison say “to kill it,” and slammed his comment as “outrageous.”
“I remember telling some of her friends she was pregnant,” he recalled the Post. “And Mike came out and I remember saying,” Are you going to kill it? ” And that stopped everything. And I couldn’t believe it. “
“I understood why she was offended,” he added.
Zielenziger said that he never spoke to Garrison about the incident and that he was not a party to her lawsuit against the lawsuit against their former boss.
Ken Cooper, a software engineer now in charge of Bloomberg’s human resources department, told the Washington Post that he had not heard the comments himself, but Garrison had told the kill-it comment.
Former Bloomberg employee David Zielenziger (left and right) said on Bloomberg: “He talked rather rudely about women all the time.” He said he had heard Bloomberg Garrison say “to kill it,” and added that he “couldn’t believe it”
When Bloomberg heard Garrison was upset by his comments, he called her and left voicemail saying she misinterpreted his comments.
“If you have time, give me a buzz or drop by … I don’t understand,” he said in his voicemail.
“I didn’t even know you were pregnant until the other day … (another employee) said you were completely upset … whatever you heard was not what I said and what I said had nothing to do with pregnancies “I can’t be happier if you have a child … I’m sorry if you heard something, but I didn’t say it, didn’t mean it, didn’t say it either,” he added.
Bloomberg, however, died under oath during the court case. He reached a secret settlement with Garrison.
A spokesperson for the Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to an investigation by DailyMail.com regarding the alleged “single black” comment.
Over the years, the Bloomberg company has been hit by various lawsuits alleging that women were discriminated against at work and accused the founder of creating a culture of sexual harassment and degradation.
Bloomberg shown during a ‘Mike for Black American Launch Celebration’ at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum in Houston, Texas on February 13, 2020
There have been two reports of alleged sexual abuse by Bloomberg managers.
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.