Ex-Rapp president sues agency for wrongful termination and discrimination

Greg Andersen claims global CEO Alexei Orlov disparaged women and Jews.

Rapp global CEO Alexei Orlov
Rapp global CEO Alexei Orlov
NEW YORK: Greg Andersen, former US president of Omnicom-owned Rapp, is suing the agency, claiming wrongful termination after he complained about global CEO Alexei Orlov.

In the suit, Andersen claims Orlov made a number of disparaging remarks about women — referring to them as "fat cows" on one occasion — as well as racist comments.

Andersen alleges Orlov told one Jewish colleague he was "miserly" because of his religion. He also claims the chief executive pressured a female employee workinig on Rapp's Pfizer account to get hold of Viagra for him without a prescription "because he [had] a young wife."

The former executive, who left last month after three years at the direct marketing agency, says he complained about these and other incidents, such as creating a "hostile working environment" on several occasions.

According to the suit, Orlov became aware of Andersen's complaints and, a short time after the latter was interviewed by the agency's HR chief and an investigator, Anderson was given notice.

The legal filing also claims Orlov once told a meeting of 70: "Mess with my brand or my direction, and I will break off your finger and shove it up your ass."

Andersen has also claimed his age played a part in the termination of his job. He is claiming unspecified damages.

The suit comes not two months after JWT global CEO Gustavo Martinez was hit with a lawsuit from chief communications officer Erin Johnson claiming he made racist and sexist comments.

This article first appeared on Campaign.

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