The New York Times has reported that some colleagues at Berkshire Hathaway claim that former executive David Sokol created a hostile work environment.
According to the Times:
His brass-knuckled approach alienated some Berkshire employees, as when he suggested that people with an illness or other personal problems were problematic and when he unceremoniously fired a top executive and made him leave the office that day.
Flashes of his management style can be found in some earlier litigation as well. In one civil case, a judge rebuked Mr. Sokol for tampering with his company’s numbers so that a joint-venture partner would get a smaller payout. In another case, Mr. Sokol sued to find out which employees at a Berkshire unit were disparaging him.
David Sokol, once considered a potential successor to Warren Buffett, resigned on March 30 after allegedly violating the company’s ethics and insider trading policies.
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