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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Archie comics ceo accused of making discriminatory remarks against "white men".

Archie Comics co-CEO accused of gender discrimination by male employees
The co-CEO of Archie Comics' says she couldn't have discriminated against her underlings -  because they’re white men.

In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit's lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren't members of “a protected class.”

The embattled co-CEO's filing also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting.  

“Plaintiffs fail to allege that any such comments were directed at any of the plaintiffs in particular, or they could cause extreme emotional distress even if they had been,” her court filings say.

The lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include Archie president Mike Pellerito and editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, countered that Silberkleit used the anatomical term many, many times.

“The word ‘penis’ became somewhat of a campaign slogan and her preferred method of referring to employees in lieu of their names,” their new filing says.

Silberkleit told the Daily News on Friday that she's baffled by the bevy of allegations against her, including claims she's "stalked" employees and made them feel "unsafe."

"It's cruel and mean and inaccurate," the former art teacher said.

"I do not act the way it's been reported," she said, calling the accusations "extremely damaging to myself and Archie Comics."

And Silberkleit's lawyer, Thomas Brown, said the employees' allegations don't even rise to the level of gender discrimination. "It's absurd," he said.

Silberkleit, 59, took over as co-CEO of the iconic comic book company - home of Archie, Jughead, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch - after her husband’s death in 2008.

She appreciated the opportunity.

"Archie Comics to me stands for very high values that are global values," including "community, support and laughter," she said.

But her fellow CEO, Jonathan Goldwater, filed suit seeking her ouster her in 2011, charging she was unstable and threatening to run the company into the ground.

That case settled last year, with an agreement that Silberkleit would have limited interactions with the employees, and that a go-between would represent her interests with the company.

The dispute erupted again earlier this year, when the go-between Silberkleit selected, Samuel Levitin, filed papers in Westchester  Surrogate’s Court charging that she’d become unhinged - and even wanted to tart up beloved characters Betty and Veronica. He said she needed to be removed altogether.

Silberkleit responded with claims Levitin had sexually harassed her – and demanded that he get the boot. That case is still pending.

Then in October came the $32.5 million suit by the Archie employees. They're seeking a court order keeping her two miles away from the office, and say her “deliberate and disturbed campaign of outrageous conduct” has them so freaked out an armed guard's been posted in the office.

Silberkleit, they say, invited Hell’s Angels to Archie’s Mamaroneck offices in an apparent effort to “intimidate” them, and has repeatedly inquired about the whereabouts of the handgun and 750 rounds of ammo her husband kept at the office. She's also stalked the employees and their families, the suit says.

Silberkleit called the accusations "untrue and twisted."

"I have not had any interactions with these people," she said. "It's all very puzzling. I don't know what's going on in their heads."

She added that she's rarely even in the office.

 "I go around the world and promote Archie Comics. That's what I do," she said.

She said she still think the spirit of Riverdale will win out in the end.

"I'm hoping it will all get straightened out," she said. Asked if she's considered walking away from the company, which was co-founded by her late husband Michael SIlberkleit's dad, she said, "That hasn't even crossed my mind."

So, now one has to be a "protected class" in order to not be discriminated against? Like a protected species of animals????
Isn't she actually claiming she can do what she wants because white men are not protected against discrimination? 

What we have here is someone who obviously does not have the mental capacity to understand the value of healthy working place. She behaves as if this is her own backyard and can do whatever she well damn pleases...as a child would do with their toys...

Some in the feminist world have claimed that she is not a feminist, for her behaviour, I beg to differ, she is the perfect example of ongoing demonization of white men by the feminists...The privileged white male is one of the most talked about issue out there when it comes to feminism...
Is this woman taking advantage of this, sure looks like it, then again this is what happens when you target one group against the other, someone takes advantage of it...

I wonder what would happen if a man would enter a board room, point at the women in there and say "v'jay, v'jay, v'jay"...Get bikers to intimidate them and talk about their guns?
So why would this be any different?

Of course, this site believes everyone is innocent till proven guilty, unlike feminist policies of guilty till proven innocent, but if it is true, then she has to go and hopefully anyone hiring women and there are many capable ones out there, the application will ask...are you a feminist? And stay the hell away from them if they answer yes...Obviously their inferiority complex against "white males" is getting in the way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not enough female executives or women in power?

I wonder why?

I know a lot of competent women but this one certainly isn't one of them.

I have to wonder how she got that position in the first place?

Affirmative action?