A former president of an Omnicom ad agency has sued the company’s CEO, Alexei Orlov, claiming that he was terminated in retaliation for complaining about Orlov’s harassing behavior. The plaintiff filed suit recently in a Los Angeles court, seeking damages and alleging a violation of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA); failure to prevent discrimination and retaliation; retaliation in violation of the California Labor Code; and wrongful termination in violation of public policy. The case echoes another recent ad agency discrimination lawsuit where the chief communications officer of J. Walter Thompson accused the CEO of making racial and sexist slurs.
According to the Omnicon lawsuit, at one time Orlov pressured a young female employee who worked on the company’s Pfizer account to get him free Viagra directly from Pfizer, telling her that he needed the medication because he had a young wife.
The plaintiff also claims that Orlov failed to promote a female employee to the position of managing director because she was “too pretty” and no one would take her seriously.
Allegedly, after the plaintiff complained to Orlov about a drunken male co-worker who made inappropriate comments about a female coworker, Orlov dismissed the complaint because he did not want to see the employee reprimanded.
Orlov also allegedly made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish employee, saying he was miserly with money because he was Jewish.
The plaintiff claims that after complaining to the agency’s global head of human resources and encouraging other staff members to do so, Orlov sent him a text message asking him why he did not first call him directly before going over his head. Less than a month later, the plaintiff was terminated.
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