A former Pinoy employee of Steve Madden is suing the company for fostering a hostile work environment
Working in a place that feels like high school is so not fetch
George Abella likened the Steven Madden work environment to a high school cafeteria. In a report published by ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, Abella was quoted saying, "It felt like a high school cafeteria, that’s what I felt when I was working, but instead of the teachers being able to help out the students, it felt like the teachers were in on the joke."
Abella is now suing the shoe giant for at least $1.6 million after he was terminated when he finally retaliated against the verbal abuse that he suffered for five months. His legal counsel, Walker G. Harman Jr., shared that "a Steve Madden supervisor fostered a sexist, homophobic environment."
His co-workers used derogatory terms to refer to him and mocked him for not knowing Chinese. For the grave emotional distress and suffering this caused, Abella said, "I want justice. I felt like that this is something that shouldn’t be happening."
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