Gadzooks: at Bloomberg LP, the financial news company owned by NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, six dozen women—"about one in seven of the roughly 500 female employees who became pregnant in the last six years"—are now suing the company for being treated unfairly. That's up from an initial plaintiff count of three. It's almost as if there's some sort of unfolding pattern here:
- June 25, 1998: Michael Bloomberg is deposed for a sexual harassment suit by an employee who says she was raped at work. He gives kind of asshole answers.
- September 27, 2007: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announces it will sue Bloomberg for cutting the pay of or demoting women on maternity leave.
- October 2, 2007: A New York Post story calls the company "a cesspool of discrimination" towards women.
- October 4, 2007: Mayor Bloomberg himself is accused of fostering and condoning the sexual discrimination in his company. Also of secretly running it himself.
- October 5, 2007: Mayor recalls that yes, he does talk to the head of his company all the time.
- May 2, 2008: Number of ladies suing Bloomberg is up to 58. That was not the ceiling obviously.
Now, there are 72 women on the suit—a suit that the company initially called a "publicity stunt," New York mag points out. They always knew pregnant ladies were unstable, what with the hormones and all. Stop suing, ladies—stress is bad for your figure! Amirite Mike? Play on, playa!