A 1995 complaint shows that presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg told a former employee that she should “kill” her unborn child.
According to complaint documents, Sekiko Sakai, a former saleswoman for Bloomberg Terminal, was speaking with Bloomberg after he met with New York University Students some 25 years ago.
"How's married life? Still married?" Bloomberg reportedly asked her.
Sakai said marriage was great and she was expecting a child.
"Kill it," Sakai alleged Bloomberg responded in a "serious monotone voice."
“What? What did you just say?” the employee responded.
“Kill it,” Bloomberg repeated, according to Sakai.
ABC News reports the Bloomberg has vehemently denied this accusation.
Sakai also added in her complaint that in the conversation, Bloomberg also said, “great, number 16.” She said she believed he was referring to her as the 16th woman in his office to get pregnant.
Sakai told 10 people in the firm about the conversation, of which five were managers. She left the company, filed a complaint and then a lawsuit. The lawsuit was settled out of court and Sakai signed a nondisclosure agreement.
"The words which were spoken to me by the CEO of my company on April 11, 1995, should never be heard by an expectant mother awaiting the birth of her first child," Sakai wrote in an undated letter addressed to Rep. Sue Kelly, R-N.Y.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is facing an onslaught of criticism of how his company handled pregnant women and how he made some women, like Sakai, sign nondisclosure agreements.
This week, presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren also brought up the alleged conversation with Sakai.
"At least I didn't have a boss who said to me, 'kill it,' the way Mayor Bloomberg is alleged to have said to one of his pregnant employees," Warren said at Tuesday's debate in South Carolina.
Bloomberg responded: "I never said it. Period, end of story. Categorically, never said it," Bloomberg said Tuesday. "When I was accused of doing it, we couldn't figure out what she was talking about."
Bloomberg’s campaign has since announced it would release three women from their nondisclosure agreement. Sakai is one of those women.
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