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Lawsuit: Former Bloomberg saleswoman says her boss peeked up her skirt and fired her for complaining

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  • A 27-year-old former saleswoman for Bloomberg LP has sued the company, claiming that her boss looked up her skirt and fired her after she complained.
  • The boss repeatedly sat on a couch beneath a glass staircase to glimpse her underwear, the complaint says, and told colleagues it was a “red day.”
  • The complaint is the latest in a long string of accusations against Bloomberg LP and its founder, former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, over the company’s allegedly toxic and sexist culture.
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A former saleswoman for the financial data firm Bloomberg LP claims she was wrongly fired after complaining that her manager watched her climb stairs in order to sneak a peek at her underwear, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The suit, which seeks at least $5 million in damages, is the latest in a string of complaints stretching back decades alleging that the culture at Bloomberg LP, which was founded and is still controlled by billionaire and failed Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, is demeaning to women. 

Filed under a pseudonym Tuesday in New York state court, the complaint alleges that Lloyd Preece, a sales manager for the company’s terminal business, repeatedly tried to catch a glimpse of the saleswoman’s underwear by sitting on a couch beneath a transparent staircase on the company’s third floor last year. 

The woman, a high-performing 27-year-old salesperson who says revealing her name could risk “retaliatory physical or mental harm,” claimed that Preece once told colleagues that it was a “red day,” meaning she had worn red underwear. After she complained to the company’s human resources department, the suit says, her performance reviews turned sharply negative and she was denied advancement through the company. 

The suit comes about five months after Michael Bloomberg began facing scrutiny as a presidential candidate for a history of sexual harassment and discrimination complaints against him and his company. More than 60 women have brought about 40 complaints against the company since it was founded in 1981, claiming that the company was responsible for creating a toxic environment for women. Bloomberg has denied any wrongdoing. 

Neither Preece nor a Bloomberg LP spokesperson responded to requests for comment. 

The woman, who goes by Joan Doe in the suit, joined Bloomberg in March 2018 as part of its assets and investment manager trade desk, a lucrative part of the company’s core business. While Bloomberg makes the bulk of its roughly $10 billion in annual revenue from the sale of its $2,000-a-month terminal, the AIM group sold special platforms to about 14,000 hedge funds, insurance companies, and asset managers.

Doe, who was in her mid-20s when she first joined the company, was initially credited with “top top work” for her role in the group, where she had been the top seller for multiple weeks among her colleagues, according to the suit. 

It was only after she asked for a promotion to the firm’s London office that Preece denied her advancement and then told her colleagues about her underwear, according to the suit. 

“During a work happy hour at a local bar where Defendant Bloomberg employees gathered,” the complaint reads, “Defendant Preece commented to several male coworkers that today was a ‘red day’ referring to Plaintiff having worn red underwear. When male employees asked how he knew this, Preece replied that he looked up her skirt earlier as she walked up the glass staircase on the third floor of Bloomberg’s offices.”

Doe claims in the suit that she heard about the comment secondhand, and that after she confronted Preece about it, he threatened her, saying, “this could get much worse for you if you don’t stop trying to cause me problems.”

A former colleague of Doe’s told Business Insider that they had heard about Preece’s alleged comments from another team member, but hadn’t heard them directly. The former colleague corroborated Doe’s claim that Preece watched women climb up and down stairs on the third floor of the Bloomberg headquarters from the couches located below. 

“I would see him frequent that area an abnormal amount,” the colleague said. “It’s one thing to be eating lunch there or whatever the case is, but it’s another thing to be consistently in that space.”

Preece went on to give Doe negative feedback at work, the complaint says, including criticizing her for wearing headphones in the office in violation of company policy. When she pointed out that many of her colleagues wore headphones, the complaint says, Preece told her that he didn’t believe her and asked her to take pictures as proof. After she did so, he wrote up a complaint to HR for breaching the company’s policy against taking photos at work, according to the suit. 

The saleswoman claims that the company’s HR department exists to protect the company and its managers, and doesn’t “take appropriate action against male employees charged by female employees of sexual harassment.”

She also claims that female employees “were encouraged by male management to dress provocatively,” that male employees “created and circulated a ‘Ranking List of Hot Bloomberg Girls,'” and that they would use the company’s internal chat system to “stalk female employees that they wanted to pursue.”

On August 29, 2019, the suit says, Doe wrote an anguished letter to an HR representative asking for help. “I gave you details into disgusting comments that were made about me by someone who I’m supposed to work closely with,” the letter reads. “How can you expect me to be successful in my role when I’m reporting to someone who has sexualized our relationship? It’s not fair to me and it’s certainly not a healthy working environment for a young woman at the beginning of her career.”

The woman was ultimately fired the next month, according to the suit. In February, Preece started a new position at Bloomberg as a relationship manager to hedge fund clients. 

Donna Clancy, a lawyer for the woman, declined to comment for the record. Clancy represents three other former Bloomberg LP employees in discrimination complaints against the company, including another anonymous woman who claims that her manager drugged and raped her on multiple occasions. That suit is ongoing, and the woman has appealed a decision by a Bronx judge to remove Michael Bloomberg as a personal defendant. 

While Michael Bloomberg is not named as a defendant in this suit, he has been criticized for a string of crude and sexist remarks that multiple co-workers have recounted over the years, including allegedly telling a pregnant employee that she should “kill it” rather than go on maternity leave, according to a 1997 lawsuit

Since dropping out of the presidential race in March, Michael Bloomberg has donated $18 million to the Democratic National Committee and has pledged to use his billions to help elect Joe Biden as President. 

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Genesis Celebrates Official Launch In China, Unveiling Its All-new Vision Of Automotive Luxury To Chinese Consumers

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  • Genesis announced its arrival in China with an extraordinary event, introducing the brand to a new generation of Chinese consumers seeking true distinction in luxury
  • Athletic Elegance, the distinctive Genesis design philosophy was showcased with an unveiling of the Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80
  • To deliver the unique Genesis Experience, a new business model will be introduced in China aiming to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers

SHANGHAI, April 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Global luxury automotive brand Genesis marked its official entry into China with a spectacular Brand Night held on April 2 at Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal, where Genesis showcased its unique Genesis brand identity, design and experience philosophy. With a stunning drone show titled the “Genesis of Genesis” sweeping over the Bund, Genesis signified its exceptional beginning in the Chinese market.

Genesis performing dazzling drone show, titled with “Genesis of You”

Jaehoon (Jay) Chang, Global Head of Genesis, said, “Today marks the beginning of another audacious chapter for Genesis. The Chinese market serves a critical role in the development of our global business, and we are very excited to present the next generation luxury for China.”

“We are excited to showcase our globally recognized products, Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80, known for the highest quality and distinctive design. We are driven by a purpose to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers. This is our promise and our differentiator in China to deliver meaningful and stress-free experiences,” said Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China. “To do that, we will be implementing an all-new business model that will bring our commitments to life.”

New Luxury Defined by A Unique Brand Identity and Design Philosophy

Genesis is a brand that aspires to make true positive impact in our customers’ lives. With a fresh perspective, Genesis audaciously challenges expectations and brings a progressive attitude in order to build emotional bonds with customers based on new ideas in design and innovation. Genesis also desires to provide customers with a sense of thoughtful hospitality throughout the entire journey. More than an automotive brand, Genesis represents a lifestyle and an experience.

Every Genesis presents an intimate opportunity to explore the extraordinary Genesis vision. The distinctive design of Genesis was showcased through a special Brand Night unveiling of the Genesis G80, its mid-sized luxury sedan, and Genesis GV80, the first SUV in the lineup. Defined by their symbolic Two Lines architecture, both models are the expression of Athletic Elegance, Genesis’ design philosophy that achieves the perfect balance between two opposing characteristics: Athleticism and Elegance. Inside the cabin, the Beauty of White Space philosophy is expressed through a harmony of personal space and state-of-the-art technology.

China-tailored Strategy to Provide An All-New Experience

Genesis intends to inspire its customers of what new luxury can be. It addresses what the brand calls Generation Genesis, a generation with bold new perspectives in style and everyday life, whose refined taste in aesthetics and appreciation for distinctive design cultivates resonance with the brand spirit of Genesis. To underline this, Genesis unveiled its brand manifesto at the heart of which sits the  “Genesis of You” message-Every touchpoint with Genesis is designed to fuel the confidence of these consumers, as they embark on new beginnings, break boundaries and progress in their every endeavor. 

Genesis is establishing an all-new business model for the Chinese market, aiming to design authentic relationships with Generation Genesis and deliver meaningful, stress-free experiences centered on human-touch, convenience, trust and transparency. Genesis will gradually develop its presence in China through an omnichannel approach based on direct sales, supported by trusted agents and online sales. 

Furthermore, Genesis will ensure that every person interested in the brand receives the best one-to-one experience from a dedicated companion with the introduction of the Genesis Partner Concept. 

A transparent pricing model under the Genesis One Price Promise will be implemented to ensure a unified price across all sales channels. This unique and uncompromising brand experience will be enabled by the Genesis Digital Ecosystem.

Focus on Brand Building and Designing Genesis Experience

An essential part of the Genesis is lifestyle. Aesthetic ambition with the love for beautiful things are at the core of the brand. That’s the reason Genesis is never compromising anything on design and open to collaborate on a variety of canvases, where the Generation Genesis can be naturally met.

One of these forthcoming brand experiences, for instance, will be held in collaboration with the Shanghai Fashion Week, to create an elevated and in-depth exploration of progressive luxury style through world-class fashion concepts. Comprehensive and touchable Genesis Experience will come to life at Genesis Studios, a luxury lifestyle oasis where people can experience our cars, the arts and culture combined with Genesis hospitality. The first of Genesis Studio will soon launch in downtown Shanghai.

Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China, added, “Launching the brand in China represents a significant, perhaps the most important, new chapter in our brand’s history. Genesis will focus on brand building in the early stage. We will continue to reveal more highlights of how we plan to appeal to our Chinese audience. I am confident to deliver this promise and invite everyone to be a part of this journey.”

About Genesis

Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, safety, and innovation. The Genesis brand is one of the highest-ranked brands in the automotive industry by respected, third-party experts including North American Car of the Year, Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and more. For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury, please visit https://www.genesis.com.cn

Speech of Markus Henne, CEO of Genesis Motor China, at Genesis Brand Night

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Qell Acquisition Corp. – QELL

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Qell Acquisition Corp. (“QELL” or the “Company”) (QELL) relating to its proposed merger with by Lilium GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, QELL will acquire Lilium through a reverse merger, with Lilium emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether Qell Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/qell-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Qell Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of BowX Acquisition Corp. – BOWX

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating BowX Acquisition Corp. (“BOWX” or the “Company”) (BOWX) relating to its proposed merger with WeWork. Under the terms of the agreement, BOWX will acquire WeWork through a reverse merger, with WeWork emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether BowX Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/bowx-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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About Monteverde & Associates PC

We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in BowX Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. – MLND

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. (“MLND” or the “Company”) (MLND) relating to its proposed merger with Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, MLND shareholders are expected to own 18.5% of the combined company.

The investigation focuses on whether Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/millendo-therapeutics-inc. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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