America’s Worst Bosses in 2013

by Dec 20, 2013

America’s Worst Bosses

According to eBossWatch, the 2013 America’s worst bosses have costed their company over $52 million dollars in lawsuit settlements. This year, California is named the state with the highest number of bad bosses. Let’s take a look at the top 5 worst bosses.

Bob Filner (San Diego, California)

Bob Filner is the former mayor of San Diego. He was accused of sexual harassment by 19 women, and has recently plead guilty to felony assault, false imprisonment and battery. He has earned himself three months of house arrest and forfeited his right to vote (now that he has a felony). So far, he has costed the city of San Diego $4 million in taxpayer money.

Derek May (Largo, Florida)

Derek May was the general manager of Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog Travel, a high volume telemarketer for vacation packages in Florida. There was a sexual harassment case that gave out $20 million to eight former employees of Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog Travel.

Raphael Olivo (Rikers Island, New York)

The city of New York paid $600,000 to four female correction officers in order to settle their sexual harassment lawsuit by their male superiors. Raphael Olivo was a deputy warren at Rikers Island’s New York City Department of Correction.

Fred Fuller (Hudson, New Hampshire)

The EEOC has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Fred Fuller Oil Company. This is the second time Fred Fuller is being sued and he agreed to pay $780,000 to five women to his earlier lawsuit settlement.  The EEOC has even stated that Fred Fuller has engaged in almost every possible form of sexual harassment, short of rape.

Maurice Wightman (Syracuse, New York)

The Simmons Institute of Funeral Service has agreed to pay $30,000 in order to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The school’s president, Maurice Wightman, had subjected female students to sexual harassment while discriminating against pregnancy.

Although this is only the first five from the list, eBossWatch has a list of the top 50 worst bosses in America.

Do you know how much money chronically bad behavior costs your company? Spoiler alert – it’s a LOT higher than you want it to be. Download our data and worksheet to see how it’s costing your organization and what you can do to fix it.

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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