Ostensibly, Dalal Belghiti was doing pretty ok. In 2010, as a 31 year-old associate in Jefferies’ international sales credit team, she earned a salary of £138k. Two years later, her salary had been hiked to $268k, and she received what the Guardian describes as a ‘hefty undisclosed bonus.’
Two years later again, however, Belghiti quit, claiming that her time at Jefferies had left her afflicted with ‘adjustment order’ and ‘depressive anxiety’ and that even approaching Jefferies’ office induced panic attacks.
The cause, according to Belghiti, was sexism. In a court case brought against the bank this week, she claims that a manager at Jefferies left a condom on his desk, that men at the bank referred to women as “bids” if they considered them attractive and “offer only” if they didn't, that a company skiing trip was men-only because its purpose was drinking and sexual activity, and that a company night out at a club involved women hired for client entertainment.
Jefferies is retaliating with claims that Belghiti has issues with her ‘personality’, that her performance at work was inadequate and that she didn’t make enough effort with the accounts assigned to her. The case continues...
Separately, in the latest instalment in its excellent series on Tom Hayes, the Wall Street Journal says the ex-LIBOR trader found an easy way of making money. Hayes found an error in the way online casinos pay bonus cash, says the Journal. New customers can ‘virtually guarantee’ themselves a big profit the first time they bet. Hayes is said to have treated the casinos’ error as ‘free money’ and opened numerous accounts to exploit it.
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“Everybody that I know wears socks with flip-flops, except females,” says Brandon Meriweather. When he shows up at the mall wearing dark sandals with white socks, Meriweather says strangers ask two questions: “Are you Brandon Meriweather?” and “Why are you wearing socks with flip-flops?”
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