"In one notable instance, a saleswoman filed a lawsuit in 1997 alleging that when she told Bloomberg she was pregnant, his response was, 'Kill it.'"
Mike Bloomberg is running for President of the United States as a Democrat this year. He has long been accused by former employees of maintaining a hostile working environment, in particular toward women.
Allegations that Okay Bloomer has made inappropriate comments toward women and that his company, Bloomberg LP, fostered a hostile environment for female employees are the subject of a clip from ABC's The View that went viral today.
"Did I ever tell a bawdy joke? Yeah, sure I did. And do I regret it? Yes. It's embarrassing," Bloomberg, who is 77, said on ABC's "The View" this morning.
"But, you know, that's the way I grew up."'
Bloomberg did not refer to specific jokes. ABC News reported in December that it had obtained a copy of a 32-page booklet distributed at a party in 1990 that included off-color and sexist remarks by Bloomberg reportedly compiled by his colleagues. The same report chronicled numerous discrimination lawsuits filed against the company over the last three decades.
Bloomberg LP is a major provider of financial information for Wall Street firms. Bloomberg said his company has "very few" cases of sexual harassment given its large size.
"I think most people would say we're a great place to work. At least I hope so. I can tell you that's what I try to do," he said.
In one notable instance, a saleswoman filed a lawsuit in 1997 alleging that when she told Bloomberg she was pregnant, his response was, "Kill it," according to news reports at the time. Bloomberg at the time denied making the remark, and the lawsuit was settled, according to court records.
Video clips below from The View's episode today, via their youtube channel.