Got an unhappy employee (or former employee) on your hands who’s decided to channel his or her anger by penning an Op-Ed in a major publication detailing egregious acts being committed at your firm and/or going to the Feds with allegations of fraud? Not sure how to handle the fallout? Why not take a page from Donald Trump’s playabook? He found himself in a similar situation with regard to Sheena Monnin, a first-year Miss Pennsylvania who “resigned her crown” over the weekend, claiming that the Miss USA pageant is “rigged.” Here’s how Don dealt with the matter and how anyone thinking about taking a more hands-on approach to dealing with disgruntled employees might too:

Threaten to sue.

“We’re going to bring a lawsuit against this girl,” Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal, told NBC’s “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry on a phone interview; he used similar language in a phoner with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Note that you’ve already conducted a thorough investigation into the employee’s claims and that your internal probe has revealed them to be baseless.

Monnin announced Tuesday on her Facebook page she was turning in her tiara after she: “Witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012′ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in.” “They’ve done an investigation,” Trump said today. “I just found out about it — they just reported to me about five minutes ago. The person that supposedly showed the list totally denies that that ever took place.”

Suggest, by saying outright, that the outburst can chalked up to the fact that this person didn’t receive the promotion she thought she deserved. Make it clear that she was not partner material. Sixth-year VP material at best.

Asked his first impression of Monnin, Trump said, “I saw her there. My impressions were she didn’t have a chance of being in the Top 15 — not even close. And all this is, is a girl who went there, lost, wasn’t in the 15, and she’s angry at the pageant system. Later, he added, “I never felt she had a chance. And all this is is buyer’s remorse.”

Donald Trump says he’ll sue ex-Miss Pennsylvania over her claims of Miss USA fraud [WaPo]

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  1. Posted by tHe oTher JD | June 6, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    bimbo's. Figures.

  2. Posted by guest | June 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    you've been warned, Matt

  3. Posted by pazzo83 | June 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    What if they lie about being on a national table tennis team?

    – L Blankfein

  4. Posted by 80's on 8 | June 6, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Sheena "I take the monnin train"

  5. Posted by trojan_ | June 6, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    "Say, would you like a chocolate covered pretzel? They're a little melty but damn are they exquisite."

  6. Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    story would be better with her photo, not The Donald

  7. Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    tags could use some help too

  8. Posted by Meow | June 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    She can SUE me.

  9. Posted by CoveredLong | June 6, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Mr. Trump! I've always taken you with a grain of salt. On your birthday, when you told me to do a striptease to the theme of "Mighty Mouse", I said okay. On prom night at the hotel when you told me to sleep under the bed in case your mother burst in, I did it. And even during my grandmother's funeral when you told my relatives that you could see her nipples through her burial dress, I let that slide.

    …but if you think I'm gonna suffer any of your shit with a smile now that you’re suing me, you're in for some serious fucking disappointment!

    -Sheena “Rene” Monnin

  10. Posted by Texashedge | June 6, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    How is this really riggable? A few guys decided who the hottest girl was before the pageant instead of during the pageant? The winner's going to be the same girl.

  11. Posted by c. "boomer" berman | June 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    does it sound that stupid when i do it?

  12. Posted by Deleveraging | June 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Let's back up. What kinda pathetic person enters a pageant in the first place?

  13. Posted by Summer Anal-izing | June 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    What does he know about buyer's remorse?

    – Guy who just started his SA gig at UBS

  14. Posted by Guest | June 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM


    – M. Corlone

  15. Posted by Snigdha Nandipati | June 6, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    I weep for this country.

  16. Posted by guest | June 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    'people who are angry at the pageant system’ is great and you shouldn't quit your day job.

  17. Posted by buboe | June 6, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    you're totally discounting the Talent part of the pageant here.

  18. Posted by Potus | June 6, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    At least he has something to distract him from looking for my birth certificate


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