COMPLAINT: Wall Street Recruiters had Boozy Naked Romps

New York Post by Kevin Dugan December 8, 2014 | 3:32am

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Wall Street’s “boys club” extends to one of its top recruiting firms, an explosive complaint alleges.

CTPartners is a den of discrimination where women are stripped of profitable accounts, held to a higher standard than their male colleagues and subjected to lewd behavior, including a booze-fueled naked romp held by a top partner, according to a confidential complaint, The Post has learned.

Brian Sullivan, the chairman at CTPartners Executive Search, ripped off his clothes along with other partners during a drunken party at his Florida home in May 2012, female employees allege in discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.

Sullivan and at least three other top executives shed their clothes, formed a rugby-like scrum and ran into the ocean, according to the complaint.

The debauched night, which was corroborated by former workers who claim to be witnesses, is just one instance of alleged sexual impropriety at the global recruitment giant.

CTPartners, which was named a top 25 recruitment firm by Crain’s New York Business, helps banks, hedge funds and other firms find talent.

Shares of the firm are up 250 percent this year and closed Friday at $18.50.

Goldman Sachs and other big Wall Street firms have also been hit with sex-bias complaints. Former female employees suing Goldman claim it tolerated excessive drinking and jaunts to strip joints.

One female employee at CTPartners alleged Jeremy Robertson, who works in the firm’s hedge fund practice, called himself “daddy” and said he wanted to spank her.

When she complained to Vice Chairman Burke St. John, he dismissed the matter due to a “language barrier,” even though Robertson’s first language is English, according to her statement in the EEOC complaint.

St. John also was accused of boorish behavior. He would call women into his Sixth Avenue office and talk about how the shadows on the buildings outside looked like “penises,” the woman alleges.

Under federal law, complaints filed with the EEOC are confidential while the agency decides whether to pursue a suit.

“I cannot provide any statement,” Michael Palmer, a lawyer with Sanford Heisler who represents the claimants, told The Post.

The allegations are part of a broader pattern of discrimination, the complaint alleges.

Women routinely were stripped of profitable accounts, which were handed to male colleagues. They also were held to a higher standard for performance and were let go even if they brought in more money than male counterparts, the complaint alleges.

The firm’s New York office had more than a dozen different sexual-harassment complaints brought internally in 2012, according to one former employee.

“We’re generally aware that there’s allegations out there,” David Nocifora, CTPartner’s chief operating officer, told The Post. “We deny any wrongdoing and will defend any matters if they’re out there vigorously.”

Nocifora declined to comment on any specific allegation against the company or its execs.

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