A Vice President of Monster Energy Drink Resigned After Being Accused Of Calling Women “Whores.”
Five lawsuits have been filed against Monster Energy for calling a female subordinate a “whore,” to harassing another female employee for having kids, and even another claim of assault against another executive of the company.
The women shared their stories to ABC news about their experience working at the company.
Paige Zeringue, a former employee, stated, “This is all I have left, just my voice, and the truth has to be heard.”
In Paige’s lawsuit, she claims “sexual harassment” and being in a “hostile work environment” while at Monster Energy.
What started out as a consensual sexual relationship with the Vice President spiraled out of control and ended up being the worse decision.
“I realized very soon that it was absolutely the worst mistake of my life,” Paige said.
When she told her boss, John Kenneally, that we wanted to end the relationship the angry texts and verbal abuse started.
“He would call me names, and things that no one in my life would ever call me,” she said. “He would call me a whore.”
ABC reports that Kenneally has recently resigned as VP of Monster Energy, and would not respond to requests for comment.
Fran Pulizzi, also a former employee, told ABC News that Kenneally had called another female employee a “whore.” And that he often talked about sexual topics.
“And it wasn’t uncommon for him to discuss sexual relations among employees,” Fran added.
Fran had worked for the company for five years before participating in an H.R. investigation against Kenneally. What she thought would be anonymous was shared with Kenneally, and that’s when the retaliation started.
“He refused to talk to me, and our open communication was a key part of my job,” she said. “He refused to work with me, refused to acknowledge me.”
“I thought for sure they were going to keep my statements confidential,” Fran said. “When I found out within a few days that John had been made aware of everything I said, I was in shock.”
Another former employee, Jamie Hogan, claims she would be “publicly insult and berate her for having children.”
She said her boss would schedule impromptu meetings leaving her out of the loop. When Jamie finally went to H.R. her boss made it impossible to work for Monster Energy.
“I didn’t show up because I wasn’t aware of it,” she said. “It just became increasingly difficult to do my job.”
A former HR employee, Sarah Lozano, is also suing the company for harassing rumors and belittling by her manager. She had to deny having sex with people in the bathroom.
“The rumor started that I had sex with multiple people in a restroom at a hotel,” Sarah said. “She said that I had ruined the credibility of the Human Resources Department because of my actions.”
“I was mortified, I was shocked,” she added. “I absolutely denied it.”
Sarah said her health deteriorated after being ridiculed by her manager on a weekly basis.
Sarah Rabuse was dating an executive at Monster Energy and did the makeup at several company events. Sarah claims that Brett Hamilton, head of music and marketing, assaulted her in his Nashville hotel room after a company event.
“He was calling me a b****, a whore, a slut, told me I was cheap … eventually, he threw me on the bed, he choked me,” she added.
Her lawsuit claims that Monster Energy executives “knew of his violent and abusive nature.”
A spokesperson for Monster Energy stated the company has “zero-tolerance for discrimination or harassment of any kind,” and “takes all reported complaints very seriously.”
The representative also said there was no merit to the allegations made in the lawsuits.