According to a discrimination lawsuit filed against him in 2007, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz called female staffers incompetent and even referred to a former press secretary as “Tinkerbell.”
He also reportedly kept one staffer on the payroll even though that person regularly failed to show up for work.
Markowitz denied any wrongdoing and claims he’s a fan of the Disney character. He calls the allegation “baseless.”
A former staffer who had been fired by Markowitz told the Daily News “There’s definitely a culture of favoritism,” which she believes is based on gender and color. “That culture is driven by the borough president himself.” Another staffer complained at one point about dirty jokes, including one about a sausage.
Markowitz says there is not an “ol’ boys” mentality in his office. His lawyer claims Markowitz will win the case in court.