Oh, Bobby Kotick, you rascal you. Your corporate behavior isn’t enough, is it? No, the descent to the Dark Side must be paved with more than just unabashed greed and squicky business dealings. To be truly evil, you have to fire an employee who’s filed a sexual harassment charge. It’s a good thing the courts are less slime-covered than you.
The story isn’t that complex, and Kotaku reports it here. Basically Kotick and his friend Andrew Gordon (head of Goldman Sachs Los Angeles) own a company to manage their shared private jet. And apparently one of the pilots in your employ – a true gentleman by the name of Phil Berg – engaged in various harassing activities toward flight attendant Cynthia Madvig. And when she complained, Kotick fired her.
Well, there’s justice in the world, because Madvig sued and won (well, actually she settled). The same legal battle saw Kotick and Gordon lose to a former attorney of theirs who claimed they’d stiffed her out of almost a million bucks. Kotick’s people appealed, and last month it was decided that the appeal had no merit and the original decision would stand.
Really? Firing an employee for complaining about a harassing work environment? REALLY? My God, Bobby, just sodomize a puppy then burn it alive and be done with it.
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