Transcript for Impact of new allegations on Michael Bloomberg’s past sexist remarks
Thanks very much. The race for the white house and the spotlight on Michael Bloomberg and new details on allegations of sexism. The billionaire accused of making crude remarks toward women at his company and his company, the target of three ongoing lawsuits by former female employees. Our chief national correspondent Tom llamas has more on all this. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Good morning to you. A booklet we believe has never been seen on TV and one that no presidential candidate would want out there. It's an original copy of the portable Bloomberg, the wit and wisdom of Michael Bloomberg. A collection of his quotes assembled by one of his top stfers in the early 1990s as a birthday gift. Bloomberg says he doesn't remember making the comments but the quotes we found inside echo claims in lawsuits accusing Michael Bloomberg of sexist remarks and fostering a company culture that degraded women then and now. In the 1990s as Michael Bloomberg's company was taking off, one of his regional sales manager's career was about to end. The tipping point came she says when she told her boss, Michael Bloomberg, she was pregnant. She thought he would be pleased that she was pregnant. She said that to him and he said to her, kill it. Reporter: In her lawsuit, sekai who resigned soon after her child was born said she understuded statement of Michael Bloomberg to mean I should have an abortion to keep my job. When the remark first surfaced he strongly denied saying it but there are allegations of other disturbing remarks. In an interview with the new York state division of human rights she alleges Bloomberg told her if you look like that, I would do you in a second. Gesturing to another woman. Another time saying, your expletive looks huge in that new dress. That includes an allegation that Bloomberg told a group of female employees he wanted to perform a sex act on actress Sharon stone. If Mr. Bloomberg is running for president I think the public needs to know what actually happened in his business. Reporter: One of her lawyers said she can't discuss this rio. Her case settled and she signed a confidentiality agreement. Bonnie Josephs first represented her when she sued Michael Bloomberg and his company and said she interviewed a dozen employees at the time who described a sexist atmosphere full of raunchy behavior. At the Christmas parties or other kind of parties, the male employees sometimes put plastic breasts on them which squirted water from the nipples of the plastic breasts. Reporter: The allegations echo what's found inside this booklet from 1990. The portable Bloomberg which has dogged the presidential candidate for decades. In it Bloomberg is quoted as saying if women wanted to be appreciated to are their brains they'd go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale's. I know for a fact any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site doesn't get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one. I want an expletive from Jane fonda. Have you seen Jane fonda? Not bad for 50. Just yesterday ABC news questioned Bloomberg about these allegations. Do you think you've made any mistakes in the way that you treated fee meal employees at your company? I don't. Not everybody is happy but we have an enviable record of treating people the same in terms of compensation and promotions and authority. We have investigated the company for the last four years and the culture is such that women are not valued, in fact, they're objectified. Reporter: Attorney Donna Clancy filed three cases against them ongoing including sexual harassment and gender inequality and Clancy says there's a reason why voters may have never heard of other allegations like these. It's because Bloomberg's company agreed to financial settlements with nondisclosure agreements attached silencing the women complaining? They want to keep these ndas. They don't want anyone talking about it. Reporter: Now a company spokesperson denied allegations of a culture hostile to women and highlighted a series of reforms Bloomberg enacted when he returned to the company in 2014 including extending paid maternity leave. Even so a Bloomberg spokesperson said, quote, Mike has come to see that some of what he has said is disrespectful and wrong. Thanks, Tom. Turning to the latest on
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