Archie Comics CEO sued for allegedly calling men 'penis'

Nancy Silberkleit in East Quogue, New York on April 20, 2013. (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for...

Nancy Silberkleit in East Quogue, New York on April 20, 2013. (Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine/AFP)

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The co-CEO of Archie Comics is being sued for gender discrimination after she allegedly stalked her male colleagues and referred to them as "penis" rather than using their actual names.

But Nancy Silberkleit's lawyer says the lawsuit is bogus because white men aren't members of a "protected class," reports the New York Daily News.

The $3.25-million lawsuit by five Archie employees alleges Silberkleit used her "gender as a weapon" by yelling "Penis! Penis! Penis!" during a meeting.

What's more, the plaintiffs allege she used the term for their names regularly, brought Hells Angels to the office to intimidate them, repeatedly made reference to her late husband's handgun and 750 rounds of ammo supposedly kept in the office and stalked employees and their families.

Silberkleit has denied the allegations, calling them "cruel and mean and inaccurate."

The 59-year-old took over the role of co-CEO after her husband's death in 2008.

 


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