Ex-Bank Of America Employee Suing For Joint Custody Of Dog Is Inspiration To All

Others have found courage in his fight.

Back in March, a bombshell story made its way to the pages of the Post: a former Bank of America employee, Zack Goldberg, was entangled in a messy custody battle with his ex-girlfriend, over a dog named Rufus. Though Goldberg and McKayla's love for each other had long since faded, turning dark and bitter, their feelings for Rufus, a Cavalier Kings Spaniel, remained steadfast. Despite relocating from New York to Washington, DC after the breakup, Goldberg was willing to fight Beltway traffic on Tuesday nights and every other weekend, if McKayla would grant him joint custody. But that's not something Rufus's mom was willing to do. Nay, she claimed in court papers that Goldberg's attempts to see Rufus were "only a pretext to remain in her life" and that "Mr. Goldberg [did] not share [her] deep, abiding love and commitment to ­Rufus." At the time, Goldberg was just a man fighting for the right to see his son. What he couldn't have known, was that he was a pioneer, starting a movement.

Chelsea Conrad, whose father starred in the 1960s TV series “The Wild Wild West,” says in court papers that she broke it off with Noah Szubski...[now , she adds]...he’s demanding full custody of their Doberman pinscher, Cash, out of spite. He currently has temporary custody, with Conrad granted visitation rights. 

Fifty years from now, financial services employees taking their exes to court over Welsh Springer Spaniels will cite Goldberg v. McKayla in their arguments.

My ex is suing for the dog because he couldn’t perform in bed: TV star’s daughter [NYP]
Dogs are the new kids in NYC custody battles [NYP]

Earlier: Ex-Bank Of America Employee Embroiled In Ugly Custody Battle Over Cavalier Kings Spaniel


Bank Of America To Fire A Bunch Of Employees Just For Fun

Actually, we don't know several dozen employees in  the bank's global markets unit in Asia are going to be fired, only that these cuts are not part of Project New BAC (the company's plan to save $8 billion by laying off 40,000), so "just for fun" is one possibility. Bank of America plans to cut about 40 jobs at its global markets unit in Asia, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The reductions aren’t part of the Project New BAC program announced last year to pare expenses, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential and declined to provide additional details. Shirley Wong, a Hong Kong-based spokeswoman for the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank, declined to comment. [Bloomberg]

Bank Of America Hoping To Fire Thousands Of Employees In Record Time

Remember Project New BAC, i.e. Bank of America's plan to transform itself from Ken Lewis's house of fun, where everyone went home happy but the concept of making money was less of a focus than keeping the good times coming, to an institution that did things like post profits? The bank has said previously that PNBAC "will result in $8 billion in annual savings by 2015—$5 billion from the first phase and $3 billion from a second phase" and while it stands by those figures and remains committed to cutting as many employees as it takes, some people would like them to be a bit snappier about it. Bank of America is accelerating a broad cost-cutting plan and has set a target of shedding 16,000 jobs by year's end—cuts that would see the company relinquish its title as U.S. banking's largest employer. The proposed year-end total of 260,000 would be the lowest count since 2008 and likely give Bank of America a smaller workforce than JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, or Wells Fargo...Chief Executive Brian Moynihan is trying to speed the company's transformation into a smaller and more efficient operation as he tries to persuade investors that expenses can be adjusted to compensate for revenue lost to new regulations, an uneven economy and shaky markets. Since becoming CEO in 2010, he has shifted away from a nationwide expansion strategy embraced by his predecessors Hugh L. McColl Jr. and Kenneth D. Lewis, and shed many of the businesses that he considers to be nonessential...Hitting the new staffing target would fulfill a year early Mr. Moynihan's pledge to slash the bank's workforce by approximately 30,000. "If they want to make any headway toward improving profitability," said Sterne Agee & Leach Inc. senior banking analyst Todd Hagerman, "they need to accelerate the timeline." Bank Of America Ramps Up Job Cuts [WSJ]