The former HR director at J. Christopher Capital has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Manhattan venture capital firm, claiming the company’s founder stated that he only wanted gay men and beautiful women working for him.
Jaime Ardigo alleges he was fired for objecting to what he called a pattern of discrimination. The company will only say that Ardigo was fired for a “performance-related issue.”
Ardigo took over the HR function in November 2011. Soon after, he says, J. Christopher Burch announced that he only wanted to hire gay men because they were productive and trustworthy.
Ardigo claims other incidents followed, such as Burch suggesting that only attractive women should be hired, and a co-worker speculating that a female colleague employee carried a sex toy in her purse. Ardigo claims he asked for an investigation into the sex toy incident, but the company never followed through.