Update: A spokesperson for UBS said in a statement: "We do not comment on allegations in pending litigation other than we believe the claims against the firm to be without merit. Collins was terminated after she raised a complaint and the firm investigated the situation. We do not condone this sort of behavior."
Like so many sexual harassment cases before this one starts out with:
- Wealth manager goes to his local bar, hits on bartender, tells her she should be working in corporate sales: "[James C.] Collins first met [Samantha] Lambui in the fall of 2012 at Katie Mc’s Bar in Huntington, NY, where she worked as a bartender, according to the suit. As a frequent customer at the bar, Collins allegedly used to visit during her shifts. 'Their conversation developed from bartender-patron to friendly but never romantic,' the suit states. In November 2012, Collins told Lambui of his position at UBS. He persuaded her to apply for a job at the firm, arguing that 'she could get anyone to do anything she wanted,' and that 'she should be doing sales for UBS,' the suit alleges."
- Wealth manager claims it's totally normal for people working in finance to receive extra bonuses in the form of shoes: "On Jan. 8, 2013, Collins described Lambui’s duties in an email. Her tasks included researching venues for client events, researching initial public offerings, emailing clients with updates on stock prices and stock research and sending newsletters regarding news in the financial markets. In the email he also stated that fashion items would be available as bonus incentives for superior work. 'Tuesday’s [sic] and Friday’s [sic] are going to be our (and by our I mean you) [sic] day to prospect and most important days. That is the only way to get to the LB’s,' Collins wrote in a text message to Lambui, the suit alleges. 'LBs' is a reference to Christian Louboutin shoes, the complaint explains."
- Wealth manager casually mentions that the way to earn the extra shoe bonus is by having sex with him: "In mid-March that year, he sent her to New York City to interview venues for a client event. He also allegedly asked her to purchase new clothing, sending photographs of the outfits for his approval before the purchase. That night, he told her to meet him at a hotel for sex to earn the 'bonus Louboutins' the next day, the suit claims. She replied 'absolutely not' and that 'no bonus could be worth that,' the lawsuit claims."
- Wealth manager explains that the sole purpose of hiring interns is so he can have sex with them, and you're an intern, so...: "In response to sexual comments, Lambui would remind Collins of his wife, to which he allegedly responded: 'I wish I never met my wife,' and 'I didn’t marry the love of my life,' the suit claims. He also said 'I sleep with my interns, that is the only reason to hire interns,' the suit asserts...She resigned on June 22, 2013. Before that she allegedly received a text message from Collins that said: 'Look I’m at the marina and my buddies just left so either u visit or the internship is over.'"
Except whereas typically an employer would respond to such allegations with a "no comment" or "we do not condone such behavior" or a "this employee is no longer with out firm and by the by, this is totally inappropriate and not the norm," UBS went with this:
According to an investigation by the human rights division cited in the case, Collins admitted to making sexual advances to Lambui, but Collins and UBS argue these advances were welcomed by the plaintiff.