Lawsuit Claims Société Générale Is Pretty Much The Worst

If you're gay and don't like being discriminated against for being gay. Otherwise it's the cat's pajamas.

International banking giant Société Générale is loaded with hate-spewing bigots in at least one of its Manhattan offices, where a boss routinely harassed and ridiculed a gay underling and superiors turned a blind eye to it, a new lawsuit charges. Mourad Raji said in a discrimination lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday that his 18 months as a sales analyst at the French bank’s Park Avenue office included being repeated referred to as a “P.D.,’’ a French slur for gay men, and that he was eventually marginalized because he is gay. Raji in the suit also claims that his ex-supervisor, co-defendant Thomas Jacquot, said “Salut [Hi] P.D.” to him 30 to 40 times and routinely mocked him by saying, “I don’t understand why you don’t have a girlfriend.” Jacquot was also routinely “hostile towards” other employees “who he perceived as being gay,” the suit claims. [NYP]


Bonus Watch '12: Société Générale

The French bank has some very angry little mistmakers on its hands. "Societe Generale paid their 1st year investment banking analysts between 15k-50k in bonuses. Most juniors were furious, especially since this is 20-40% lower than Street. The firm is continually declining in the Americas within investment banking, and has reduced tremendous headcount over the past year. It relies heavily on trading revenues from derivatives, with very little resources dedicated to M&A, ECM, and DCM. In a period where other banks are cutting operations in the US, SocGen leads the pack in decline. In February 2012 head of CIB, Didier Valet, said that the firm would not compete with bulge brackets. Regardless of these negatives, SocGen continues to say that it is a top investment banking player. They are not, and juniors on Wall Street should know before entering into this trap."

American Apparel CEO: Numerous Lawsuits Against Me Are A Testament To My Awesomeness

Has the profitability of your company come into question of late? Have you been sued many, many times, typically for sexual harassment? Want to set the record straight but are unsure of what to say? Perhaps Dov Charney can help. In an interview with CNBC today, Charney told Jane Wells that any suggestion that American Apparel can't turn a profit on its mesh unitards, gold lamé leggings, and fishnet bodysuits is totally off based. "I think you're casting [the business] in the wrong light to say it's unprofitable," Charney said. "From accounting perspective, from 20 feet up, yeah, it's unprofitable. But if you get down to the numbers...we're getting our groove back." There was also this exchange. Wells: I've counted, what is it, nine lawsuits against you? That's  a lot. Charney: Yeah. It's also a testimony to my success. Wells: Do you think you're inappropriate at all? Charney: No. Wells: The range of criticism is everything from sexual predator to just...weird. Charney: Well, you know, I mean, weird? I like weird...Many of the great entrepreneurs of the last century have been criticized for being somewhat different. Wells: Do you see yourself as a Steve Jobs meets Hugh Hefner type? Charney: That wouldn't be for me to say. American Apparel CEO: Tattered But Not Torn [CNBC]