Will a party that hates Billionaires and celebrates victim status be receptive to a billionaire with a ‘checkered’ past?
Michael Bloomberg may be a self-made man, but he’s stepped on some toes on his way up. And in a party where the aggrieved victim sometimes holds more power than the traditional power-broker, this could be bad news for his chances — regardless of HOW much money he can throw into the race.
Past lawsuits leveled at his company could come back to haunt him.
The work environment at Bloomberg LP has been the subject of multiple complaints since the firm’s inception in 1981, according to legal filings. The suits were also reported in depth by Business Insider.
The complaints named both the former New York City mayor and his company, potentially providing fodder to opponents such as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who have accused the 77-year-old — with a fortune of $54 billion, per Forbes — of trying to buy the 2020 presidential election.
One, that had been dismissed, alleges his company discriminated against pregnant women. (He had taken a leave from his company at the time.)
Another accused one of his executives of rape… and him of creating a ‘hostile work environment’. Still another named him and his hiring practices as playing a role in creating a sexist ‘fraternity-fashioned corporate culture’.
There are still some pending cases:
Several suits are ongoing, as noted by Business Insider, including one filed in October from an employee who claims to have been fired while undergoing cancer treatment.
In a recent statement to The New York Times regarding Bloomberg’s alleged history of crude remarks toward women, Bloomberg’s team said the businessman has come to see that “some of what he has said is disrespectful and wrong.”
Is that just noise and static? Or are these storm clouds on Bloomberg’s horizon where a ‘woke’ culture is quick to ‘cancel’ first and ask questions later… if at all.