Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief executive and now Republican candidate for governor of California, has repeatedly told Californians how tough she is. Apparently, at least once during her decade-long tenure at the auction powerhouse, she showed it, shoving an employee in an executive conference room at eBay’s headquarters.
Brad Stone of the New York Times has the story this morning, writing:
The employee, Young Mi Kim, was preparing Ms. Whitman for a news media interview that day. Ms. Kim, who was not injured in the incident, hired a lawyer and threatened a lawsuit, but the dispute was resolved under the supervision of a private mediator. Two of the former employees said the company paid a six-figure financial settlement to Ms. Kim, which one of them characterized as “around $200,000.” An agreement to keep the matter confidential was also part of the settlement, and the authorities were not involved.
Whitman won the Republican primary last week in the most expensive campaign in California’s history. She reportedly spent more than $70 million of her own money and more than $80 million altogether.
Whitman has never voted.