Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson is allegedly so rude to his own female staffers that they’re leaving his office in large numbers. At least 11 women have quit, been forced out or fired during the past year, including top prosecutors and other senior employees specifically recruited by Thompson.
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Brooklyn DA Allegedly Belittles, Mistreats Female Staffers, Prompting Exodus
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson is allegedly so rude to his own female staffers that they’re leaving his office in large numbers, the New York Post reported.
At least 11 women have quit, been forced out or fired during the past year. According to the Post, that includes former Manhattan prosecutor Coleen Balbert, who Thompson specifically recruited to head his Sex Crimes and Special Victims Bureau. Balbert was so upset with Thompson’s behavior she resigned and took a pay cut to return to the Manhattan DA’s Office.
Mina Malik, who was Thompson’s “special counsel,” left to become executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
“There is a problem there with how he treats women. [He] has a problem with women who are self-assured,” one of the many women who have left the Brooklyn DA’s office reportedly said.
Thompson is much kinder to the men who work for him, another former employee of the Brooklyn DA’s office told the Post.
“In general, a stumble was viewed as a major fail when it came to primarily high-ranking women. [Women] weren’t given as much leeway to make mistakes,” the former employee said.
Five of the female staffers who are no longer employed by the Brooklyn DA’s office were spokeswomen for Thompson, including ex-TV news anchor Sheila Stainback, who only lasted five months as press secretary, and Lupe Todd, the most recent of the women to resign. The DA’s executive assistant, Joanne Grell, and Cheryl Anthony, a community coordinator, also walked.
Oren Yaniv, a former reporter for the Daily News whose reporting often sounded like a press release for whomever held the DA’s position, called the allegations against his boss a “despicable smear that’s belied by the facts.…The truth is that DA Thompson has hired and promoted more women than men since taking office. He appointed many women to key leadership positions and treats all employees professionally and respectfully.”
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