Despite being in federal prison, serving a 40-month term on a racketeering charge, former Port Allen Mayor Derek Lewis was included in a national list of 2013’s worst bosses by eBossWatch.com.
eBossWatch, the leading career resource that enables people to anonymously rate their bosses and evaluate potential employers, recently published their fifth annual list of America’s Worst Bosses – number 29 on the list was Lewis.
In October, the city of Port Allen paid a collective $330,000 to end civil suits filed in federal court by former employees Cenceria Dalcourt and Philip Mason.
Dalcourt, the city’s former assistant chief administrative officer, alleged that Lewis sexually harassed her by repeatedly propositioning her for sex and bragging about his sexual abilities.
According to the complaint, after Dalcourt rejected Lewis’ sexual advances, he began retaliating against her by harassing her and threatening her job.
Mason, former assistant chief financial officer, previously claimed that he witnessed Lewis sexually harass a number of female city employees.
In June 2012, the FBI announced that Lewis was sentenced to 40 months in prison after he pled guilty to violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act based on his corrupt activity while mayor of the City of Port Allen. He is scheduled for release from the U.S. Prison at Beaumont, Texas, on June 17, 2015.
To date, the 2013 America’s Worst Bosses have cost their employers over $52 million in monetary damages and lawsuit settlement payments. Of this amount, the 33 bad bosses in the public sector have cost their respective taxpayers over $21 million.
The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees or were accused of workplace harassment and/or sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or creating a hostile work environment.