The New York Times on Monday reported that California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman once allegedly pushed one of the employees at eBay in a fit of anger, later settling out of court with the woman for as much as $200,000. The incident reportedly happened in 2007 and involved Young Mi Kim, a media relations specialist at the corporation who was preparing Whitman, who's running in California as the GOP nominee, for an interview.
Kim left the company for a few months after the incident but eventually returned and tells the Times “we had an unfortunate incident, but we resolved it in a way that speaks well for her and for eBay.”
Employees at the online auction house told the paper that Whitman was not known to lash out physically but that she was “demanding and would often express sharp bursts of anger toward employees whose work or preparation she found lacking,” according to the paper.
The former eBay CEO, who does not have prior political experience, is using her stint at eBay as her main claim to fame in her race against Democratic nominee Jerry Brown. Her campaign issued a statement to the Times that reads, in part: “In any high-pressure working environment, tensions can surface.”