An ex-employee has some beef with his former boss, claiming he was let go because he loved veggies and not because of poor job performance.
Ryan Pacifico, a former junior foreign-exchange trader on Wall Street, is suing French financial firm Calyon in the Americas for terminating him over personal preferences. Pacifico, who was hired by the company in 2005, claims that he was endlessly mocked by his boss for avoiding meat and wearing tight shorts during triathlons.
He admitted that from day one, the “trading floor was certainly a manly man’s world.” Pacifico went on to say that he “never expected someone to think it’s gay to be a vegetarian or to constantly poke fun” at him. He was eventually terminated from his position because of concerns over his job performance, but specifics were never made clear to Pacifico.
His suit is aimed directly at former manager Robert Catalanello, who is accused of saying “it’s [Pacifico’s] fault for being a vegetarian homo,” according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.