We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes it can get downright strange...
Maybe it was just a paperweight
Stephen Masapollo claims he felt more than a little intimidated by an object that his boss kept in her office.
Masapollo spells it out in a sexual-discrimination complaint filed in New Jersey
Superior Court against Providence Medical Daycare LLC, Providence Pediatric
Daycare Centers, and Michelle and Charles Bunting.
He says that after being hired in December 2000 for an "upper management"
position at Providence, he noticed that Providence CEO Michelle Bunting had
begun displaying a "man sack rack."
The rack, "meant as a device for the hanging of male genitals," had
been constructed by Charles Bunting at Michelle Bunting's request, according
to the suit. Its purpose "was to demonstrate Defendant Michelle Bunting's
ability and propensity to dominate, control, intimidate, manipulate and emasculate
The rack made Masapollo "personally uncomfortable," the suit states,
adding that Bunting "made it explicitly clear by her comments and actions
that the item represented her attitudes toward males, especially in business
or commercial affairs."
Masapollo, who was fired six months after his hiring, claims the dismissal
violated sexual harassment prohibitions in the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination
and resulted in lost income and emotional distress.
Bunting, contacted by the Courier-Post newspaper in February, said she was
unaware of the lawsuit.