A group text brought down this manager who created a hostile environment

posted by Mark Robertson -

A car salesman filed a defamation suit against his former boss last week, claiming his ex-employer habitually used farts as ammunition, pinched staffers’ nipples, and once labeled him as a sex offender to colleagues. Brett Bland claims that Jeremy Pratt, his old boss at the AutoNation Acura in League City, Texas, was relentlessly crude and created a “sexually hostile” environment through constant taunting, vulgar banter and frequent pinching of his male subordinates’ nipples. Bland also accused Pratt of Dutch-ovening his employees’ offices. Court documents say he “reinforced dominance over his subordinates by regularly entering their enclosed offices, intentionally passing gas and then laughing as they were forced to breathe soiled air.” The salesman said Pratt’s infuriating flatulence continued for more than a year, but the dealership turned a blind eye — which only further encouraged his behavior.

… In one exceptionally appalling scheme, Bland claimed Pratt texted 8-10 co-workers in a group chat a photo of Bland’s face plastered on an image featuring a female child, and warned the crew there was a sex offender lurking in the area. Bland said that after the image implying he was a sex offender was sent, another co-worker responded with a message that said he was “wondering why (Bland) kept asking if I had any pictures of my nieces and nephews.'” Pratt was fired shortly after the sex offender debacle — despite previously bragging that he had human resources “wrapped around his finger” and was therefore immune to any complaints.

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