New York – A million dollar gender discrimination settlement against a supermarket chain could knock a mayoral campaign off track. While John Catsimatidis may not be one of the top mayoral candidates, he did recently receive a big endorsement from former New York State Governor George Pataki. He has gained some momentum, but what no mayoral candidate needs right now is negative publicity, but that’s exactly what Catsimatidis is getting.
More than 600 female employees with Gristedes, a grocery chain Catsimatidis owns as President and CEO of the Red Apple Group filed a lawsuit against the company claiming gender discrimination and now there’s news of a settlement by his company, nearly finalized, of almost a million and a half dollars.
While the Catsimatidis campaign said they don’t believe the settlement will impact their mayoral bid some political experts feel differently.
Basil Smikle, a political analyst, said this is a major bump in the road for someone who is not viewed as a strong candidate.
PIX11 repeatedly asked Catsimatidis for a response to this story, but requests were declined. Instead, his campaign told PIX11 a settlement does not imply guilt and Catsimatidis has not done anything wrong, especially since he has not been involved in day to day Gristedes operations for a number of years.