Allegations raised in a 1998 discrimination lawsuit against Bloomberg are surfacing in wake of the billionaire’s presidential bid.
Accusations of disgraceful remarks by Bloomberg come at the same time the Democrat candidate is launching his “Mike for Black America” outreach initiative
Dailymail reports Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg once told a female employee struggling to find childcare to hire ‘some black,’ according to a 1998 lawsuit.
‘It’s a f***ing baby! All it does is eat and s**t! It doesn’t know the difference between you and anyone else! All you need is some black who doesn’t have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building,’ Bloomberg said in July 1993 to a female salesperson who’d just had a baby, according to the lawsuit.
The woman responded by crying at her boss’s harsh words, according to the lawsuit, which is the subject of a new report by the Washington Post.
The incident is one of many descriptions of sexist and demeaning remarks compiled in a lawsuit filed against Bloomberg and his financial information company in 1998 by Sekiko Sakai Garrison.
The central claim in the lawsuit is that when Bloomberg learned on April 11, 1995, that Garrison was pregnant, he allegedly said to her, ‘Kill it!’
Garrison asked Bloomberg to repeat what he said, and she said he responded, ‘Kill it! Great! Number 16!,’ which she took as a reference to the number of pregnant women and new mothers at the company, according to the lawsuit.
Garrison said in the suit that she interpreted Bloomberg’s remark as an instruction to ‘have an abortion to keep her job.’
The case was settled out of court, and Bloomberg denied that he had made the cruel remark, insisting that his comment had been misheard or the context mangled.
A spokesperson for Bloomberg’s campaign did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com regarding the alleged ‘some black’ remark.
The old lawsuit, and others regarding discrimination complaints at Bloomberg LP, are the subject of fresh scrutiny as Bloomberg’s presidential campaign faces hard questions about the former New York City mayor’s ability to win over black voters.