Bononi Law Group has filed suit on behalf of a former employee of Mattel, Inc., the giant toymaker based in El Segundo. The lawsuit alleges that the vice-president of corporate affairs in 2013 and 2014 created a hostile work environment for women by making derogatory remarks and showing preference for hiring men, according to the complaint filed last December in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Several women submitted formal complaints about the inappropriate behavior. During the time that the vice-president in question, Dallas Lawrence, was working at Mattel, two women were fired and one quit. All of the women were senior-level employees.
Eight charges were filed against Mattel, the largest toymaker in the world. The charges included:
- Sex discrimination
- Workplace retaliation
- Violation of the federal unfair competition law
According to the plaintiff, Mr. Lawrence used inappropriate language and was often abusive. The woman said that in the ten years she had worked at Mattel, no manager had ever before used vulgar and profane language in conjunction with a work assignment, as did Mr. Lawrence the first time he instructed her to complete a project.
The woman had been a valued Mattel employee, with numerous promotions, awards, bonuses and recognition during the time she worked for the company. Several other women employees complained, citing Mr. Lawrence’s use of crude language. One woman reported that the vice-president treated female managers like secretaries, shouting orders and refusing to answer emails. Another said that he had asked her to falsify his expense reports and was fired when she complained.