Meet California's Most Abusive Company
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (CN) - Bosses at Capital Asset Exchange and Trading, which deals in high-tech equipment, handed out Adderall to employees, ordered prostitutes in a salesman's name and ran roughshod over the labor code and simple human decency, two workers say in lurid complaints.
Lev Ingman and Mira Zaslove claim Redwood City-based Capital Asset Exchange and Trading LLC shamelessly violated labor laws while company managers and co-defendants Ryan Jacob, John Srgo, Nicholas Meissner and David Jackson encouraged a hostile, hypersexual workplace.
Both Ingman and Zaslove began working as capital equipment traders for the company, which is called CAET in the complaints in San Mateo County Court.
Both say they were required to be at their desks more than 12 hours a day, taking their lunch "breaks" at their desks.
Both say they were forced to work three hours every Sunday without pay and, and that even when they finally went home for the evening, were on call 24 hours a day.
Zaslove says in her complaint that CAET managers "directed and required her to provide her personal cellular telephone number to all customers with whom she dealt, to keep the device turned on at all times and to answer the calls of all such people at all times of the day and night, including during her meals and when she was at home with her family. Because CAET did business with customers located in Asia, South America and Europe, it was not unusual for plaintiff to receive such calls at 3:00 a.m."
Ingman claims CAET expected him to be in the office 14 hours per day and eight hours on Fridays, and that when he finally went home at 8 p.m. he was bombarded by calls from management about impending sales.
"If he did not return these calls within 20 minutes of receipt, the sales were reassigned to someone else who would obtain Mr. Ingman's bonus when the sale closed. As a result, Mr. Ingman acclimated himself to sleeping with his cell phone next to his head so that he would not miss more calls," Ingman says in his complaint.
Both Ingman and Zaslove claim that CAET characterized their commissions as bonuses, giving the company "maximum flexibility to dock [their] pay for any type of minor infraction."
CAET also failed to track hours worked, on-call hours or pay overtime, making their wage statements grossly inaccurate, according to the complaints.
Besides the labor code violations, Zaslove and Ingman claim CAET managers cultivated a "continual and pervasive" culture of sexual harassment, which forced Zaslove to resign.
She claims that when women performed well at CAET, "defendants Jacob, Jackson, Meissner and Sgro loudly called them 'whores' and 'bitches' in the office in front of all the other traders."
Zaslove continues: "On multiple occasions, defendant Jacob offensively asked plaintiff and others during sales meetings if 'their pussies hurt' when they disagreed with him. On one occasion, defendant Jackson told plaintiff when he was the sales manager, to whom she reported, that 'we could rape the [CAET] client's mother and he wouldn't care. Throughout her employment, CAET and its supervisors ... in her presence made vulgar gestures whenever a large sale was made and characterized it as a 'big dick,' whereas when a more modest sale was made they denigrated it calling it a 'pussy' and made a correspondingly vulgar gesture. Defendant Meissner frequently screamed, berated and physically intimidated plaintiff in front of her colleagues and subordinates, to her great humiliation, just because she was a woman working at a company where he specifically stated 'women do not belong.'"