A former ad executive at WFAN in New York is accusing a longtime sports radio host of making unwanted sexual advances toward her, describing her time at the station as a “Mad Men”-like place to work.
Lauren Lockwood, the former ad exec who worked from 2006 to 2017 at the station, filed a lawsuit against the station for refusing to deal with behavior carried out by popular sports radio host Joe Benigno, as well as other incidents that occurred at her workplace.
Benigno, who has been at the station since 1995, would frequently walk up to Lockwood and whisper in her ear invitations to sleep with him, the lawsuit alleged. He also “showed [Lockwood] a nude photo of his wife with a prostitute and propositioned [Lockwood] to join him, his wife and a prostitute in sexual intercourse,” the complaint stated.
In addition to this unseemly behavior, Benigno would regularly demean other women in the office, ranking them based on their looks, and had a two-year affair with a female subordinate, according to Lockwood.
Beyond Benigno’s behavior, the station also created an unsafe and unfair environment for women to work in, that Lockwood said affected her career. For example, advertising executives would often offer to purchase prostitutes for potential clients, Lockwood said.
In another incident after a boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather last fall, a group of male ad executives got into a fight, which Lockwood said she tried to break up.
In the ensuing melee, she herself got punched in the face. The following day, she was the only member of her ad team to get suspended, and she was eventually fired from the company.
The treatment that Lockwood described is unacceptable in any workplace, and if the accusations against Benigno and others are true, then their immediate termination should be the result.
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