A collection of New Jersey financial firms is now facing a lawsuit after three former female employees say they were subjected to an extremely nontraditional work environment filled with sex toys, blow-up dolls, strippers, and nudity, the New York Post reports.
Nicole Orlando, Evelyn Grondski, and Donna Simone have filed suit against the group of financial firms all housed in the same building, accusing the businesses of fostering an office environment "flooded with misogyny," where those who didn't participate in the "sexually aggressive" activity were "ostracized or terminated."
The lawsuit alleges the managers of the businesses—Corporate Bailout, PLG Servicing, American Funding Group, and Coast to Coast Funding—forced employees to sign waivers acknowledging they knew the company would condone "lewd" activity in the office. Anyone who didn't comply was "laughed at for being 'lame,' 'prude,' or a 'tight ass,'" and summarily shunned or canned, the lawsuit states.
"Lewd," here, is an understatement. The lawsuit alleges two managers—Michael Hammill and Mark Mancino—often ordered a female employee to their office by screaming "Wendy, get your tits in here," and took turns motorboating her. When a bunch of male higher-ups allegedly encouraged a female employee to lift up her skirt and press her bare ass to a glass window, manager Michael Marino responded by air-humping it from the other side. Strippers came into the office for special occasions, and drugs and alcohol flowed like water, the lawsuit states.
Aside from harboring a batshit crazy office culture, the businesses also allegedly used "predatory lending" to cheat their clients out of money, according to the lawsuit. Managers Patrick Sheehan, Daryl Alessi, and Timothy Momat are also defendants in the lawsuit alongside Mancino, Hammill, and Marino.
Orlando, Grondski, and Simone—who worked in HR and customer service—allege they were fired because they refused to play along. However, when employees participated, they were rewarded—including one young woman who was allegedly given $60,000 for dressing provocatively and letting Mancino "rub her inner thigh," the lawsuit states.
"They want to be a bunch of perverted frat boys, and [my clients] won't put up with this," an attorney for the plaintiffs told NJ.com. "No one should have put up with this. No one should have lose their livelihood because they don't want to be around this."
According to the lawsuit, the offices were "so sexually aggressive, morally repulsive, and unlawfully hostile that [they are] rivaled only by the businesses portrayed in the films Boiler Room and The Wolf of Wall Street."
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