(UnitedVoice.com) – Democratic presidential candidate and former Republican New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been sued by several women. They’ve accused him of crude comments in the 1990s and for fostering a hostile work environment for women.
Each of the women signed Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) when they were hired to work for Bloomberg. So, Bloomberg has said he will not release them to speak in public about allegations against the billionaire business titan and former Mayor. Some of the women expressed interest in talking to the media about their experiences after Bloomberg announced his candidacy for president on the Democratic ticket.
Talking to ABC News, Bloomberg said, “You can’t just walk away from it. They’re legal agreements, and for all I know the other side wouldn’t want to get out of it.”
Bloomberg’s Campaign Apologizes for Disparaging Remarks
Before entering the 2020 presidential race, Bloomberg’s campaign issued an apology after the New York Times revealed disparaging remarks the former Mayor made about women.
According to the article, Bloomberg suggested that women should go shopping instead of making important decisions.
Some people close to him claim Bloomberg said, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.”
Bloomberg is also accused of making crude jokes during sales pitches. It’s reported he told his computer to “do everything,” including oral sex, adding “I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.”
On Wednesday, Bloomberg told reporters, “We’re not perfect, but we have very low attrition and I think we treat our employees — no matter what their gender or age or ethnicity is — as well as any company. We can always do better, but we keep looking for better ways to make our employees get better benefits because that’s the way you attract good people and I can parade out a whole bunch of any group that you want that will tell you it’s a great place to work.”
Elizabeth Warren Pounces
On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said:
“[NDA’s] are a way for people to hide bad things they’ve done. When women raise concerns like this, we have to pay attention. We have to listen to them. And if Michael Bloomberg has made comments like this, then he has to answer for them.”
In response to Warren, Bloomberg said, “Maybe the senator should worry about herself and I’ll worry about myself.”
In the age of the #MeToo movement, this is likely to become a campaign issue in the Democratic Party, and if it doesn’t and it gets swept under the rug, it will demonstrate the DNC’s hypocrisy once again.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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