Worst Bosses of 2010
You may think your boss is bad, but at least he/she didn't try to run over you with a truck, put body fluid in your coffee cup or tell you "No honey, no money" to get you to exchange sexual favors for your . All these heinous stunts and more can be found on eBoss Watch's list of "America's Worst Bosses of 2010."
Actors Steven Seagal and Casey Affleck are on the list at numbers 46 and 73, respectively. Former Congressman Eric Massa is the highest ranking public figure, coming in fourth. The rest of the 100-strong list is made up of both male and female professionals, managers, business owners and government officials from across the country.
They were named among the worst a panel of workplace experts, on behalf of eBossWatch.com, a website that enables people to anonymously rate their bosses, and posts news clips of lawsuits filed against people abusing their authority.in America by
Some have been publicly accused of actions so vile we can't even print them. Here are 10 bosses that caught our attention with their corresponding eBossWatch.com ranking:
1. Eddie Burns
Fire-Rescue Chief, Dallas, Texas
He's No. 1 on the list for costing the city of Dallas $1.4 million to settle lawsuits filed by female employees claiming that he allowed atrocious behavior on his watch, "because you're a woman." A female plaintiff alleged she found male body fluid in a coffee cup and smeared across a photo of her daughter, urine on the carpet by her bed and various other acts of sexual harassment.
The plaintiffs alleged that when they complained to their supervisors about the hostile incidents, they were mostly ignored and often suffered retaliation.
2. Samuel Blackwell
Greyhound, Richmond, Va.
Blackwell is on the list for getting his employer, Greyhound, sued for sexual harassment, retaliation, negligent supervision, and infliction of emotional distress. A femaleclaims he continuously sexually harassed her, and invited her to go with him to a private company dorm room to "give him a little" in exchange for increasing her hours and not firing her. Another suggested the plaintiff go into the room with the boss in order to be caught in the act.
Apparently things got way out of hand before the supervisor was able unlock the door and catch him. Both the boss and the plaintiff were eventually fired.
4. Rep. Eric Massa
Massa resigned after being investigated by the House ethics committee for several sexual harassment complaints that he groped at least two male aides and sexually propositioned young male staffers and interns. Massa, who is married with two children, admitted in an interview with Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck that he did grope a male aide, but he denied that it was sexual.
Massa said, "Now they're saying I groped a male staffer. Yeah, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't't breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me."
He admitted his behavior was wrong, and told Beck, "I should never have allowed myself to be as familiar with my staff as I was."
5. Justin Murdock
Dole Food Co. heir, Los Angeles
The billionaire senior vice president of Investments at Castle & Cooke and CEO of NovaRx, was accused of sexual harassment by a director of corporate development who claims he did all sorts of vile deeds, including forcing her to open a Facebook account for him under the name "Cobra McJingleballs," which was filled with graphic images including a minstrel-show actor in black face and an old black-and-white photo of men dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes; telling her, "You look like a whore"; and threatening her life, saying, "If NovaRx fails, I'll put you at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in concrete boots."
6. Paul Zatko
Chrysler, Perrysburg, Ohio
He allegedly used racial slurs for his employees and is accused of telling an African American employee that he was going to get a rope that would ''leave burn marks around my neck.'' The employee was told it was "shop talk" or "just a joke," but he found no humor in it, and is suing Chrysler LLC for race discrimination, harassment and retaliation at the company's Toledo Machining Plant.
7. Andre Chreky
Celebrity hairstylist, Washington, D.C.
The owner of the upscale Andre Chreky Salon Spa, located just blocks from the White House -- whose whose clientele has included Laura Bush and the Bush twins as well as many of D.C.'s elite -- is being accused of sexual harassment by two former employees. He has also filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Among the complaints is that he forcibly shoved an employee into a chair and demanded oral sex. Chreky was ordered to pay $3.2 million in damages for that one. More claims accuse Chreky of repeatedly making similar demands of another employee, and nine employees have sworn they witnessed this.
Chreky maintains his innocence and worked out a deal to keep the salon open during bankruptcy proceedings.
20. Danette Adams
New Jersey Department of Public Works manager, Englewood, N.J.
She's the highest ranking female boss on the list. Police charged the African American supervisor with attempted assault for allegedly trying to run over a white male employee who had filed a lawsuit against the city accusing Adams of racial discrimination. The suit claims that Adams created a hostile work environment where she allegedly referred to the white men who she supervised as "pet dogs" and snapped her fingers and yelled "Come here, white boy, come here, white boy."
23. Dionisios Linardos
Owner, Apollo Restaurant, Lynn, Mass.
The 66-year-old is being charged with sexual harassment, indecent assault and battery of a 21-year-old female employee of the restaurant. Linardos allegedly demanded sex from her in order to receive her paycheck, proclaiming, "no honey, no money." She also claims that Linardos made repeated sexual advances toward her, including touching her buttocks and brushing up against her breast.
46. Steven Seagal
Actor, Los Angeles
He allegedly demanded sexual favors from a 23-year-old former model who was hired as an executive assistant. According to court documents, she "was told that the job involved standard clerical functions as the executive assistant for Steven Seagal and his production company." But on her first work-related trip with Seagal to New Orleans, she claims that Seagal asked her for a "massage" and then proceeded to grope her.
She also claims Seagal had been "keeping two young female Russian 'attendants' on staff who were available for his sexual needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
The charges filed against Seagal and his production company, Steamroller Productions, include sexual harassment, illegal trafficking of females for sex, retaliation, wrongful termination, and false representations about .
73. Casey Affleck
Actor/producer, Los Angeles
The younger brother of Ben Affleck reached an out-of-court settlement with two women who accused him of sexual harassment, although his attorney called their claims "preposterous and without merit."
A female producer claimed she was denied her producing fee on a documentary about Joaquin Phoenix after she refused to spend the night in a hotel room with Affleck.
Her charges include that Affleck repeatedly referred to women as "cows"; and he discussed his sexual exploits and those of other celebrities that he allegedly witnessed.
Although financial terms of the settlement are being kept confidential, the producer and a female cinematographer had demanded $2 million and $2.25 million, respectively.
Asher Adelman, founder of eBossWatch, said, "It is shocking to think that people have had to endure such extreme cases of workplace bullying in order to bring home a paycheck. Hopefully, the America's Worst Bosses list will help demonstrate the importance for managers to cultivate a positive, healthy, and productive work environment for their employees."
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