When a company runs out of money, its managers may suffer meltdowns

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

Some people (including my brother) had trouble believing that Milburn of Celolot would actually lose his temper with me. But it does happen, especially when a company is running out of business. So this story about screaming fits at Nasty Girl is easy for me to believe:

Several recently departed employees told Jezebel in June that the company had become an extremely dysfunctional place to work. The company was sued for allegedly firing several pregnant employees, during or just after their maternity leave. Those cases were settled in a confidential arbitration proceeding; so was the case of an employee who says she was laid off while suffering from advanced kidney failure. The employee, Farah Saberi, alleged that Nasty Gal let her insurance coverage lapse, in violation of her severance agreement, and that her desperately-needed kidney transplant was put on hold by her insurance company due to the lapse.

A current employee told Jezebel this winter that the office environment had grown very tense, with CEO Sheree Waterson delivering screaming tirades almost daily. In one bizarre incident, the employee said, Waterson spent almost a full day “freaking out” about Nasty Gal’s downtown office being dirty and trying to clean the refrigerator.

The employee called the environment “emotionally abusive,” adding, “Work is a constant fire drill based on Sheree’s whims that week. Her expectation is that we should work 7 days a week. There is never positive feedback. Only lectures and insults. What’s the opposite of being empowered? Marginalized? Everyone has developed stress related illnesses from shingles to IBS to stress eczema.”

“Honestly, things are getting kinda nuts” another current employee agreed at the time. “I love my job, but I hate working for this company… and of course the whole problem lies with upper management.”