Who even knew Archie comics were still a thing? Whatever the case, it sounds like this woman has issues with men, to say the least.
The co-CEO of Archie Comics’ says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings – because they’re white men.
In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit’s lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”
Guess white people no longer have rights, huh?
The embattled co-CEO’s filing also mocked the five employees’ claim that she’d used her “gender as a weapon” by yelling “Penis! Penis! Penis!” during a business meeting.
“Plaintiffs fail to allege that any such comments were directed at any of the plaintiffs in particular, or they could cause extreme emotional distress even if they had been,” her court filings say.
The lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include Archie president Mike Pellerito and editor-in-chief Victor Gorelick, countered that Silberkleit used the anatomical term many, many times.
“[T]he word ‘penis’ became somewhat of a campaign slogan and her preferred method of referring to employees in lieu of their names,” their new filing says.
Silberkleit told the Daily News on Friday that she’s baffled by the bevy of allegations against her, including claims she’s “stalked” employees and made them feel “unsafe.”
“It’s cruel and mean and inaccurate,” the former art teacher said.
“I do not act the way it’s been reported,” she said, calling the accusations “extremely damaging to myself and Archie Comics.”
And Silberkleit’s lawyer, Thomas Brown, said the employees’ allegations don’t even rise to the level of gender discrimination. “It’s absurd,” he said.
So referring to men in such terms isn’t discriminatory? Good luck selling that in court.