Michael Vacker: Ex-Employee Says He Was Fired for Not Taking Clients to "Titty Bars"
There seems to be a spate of strip-club-related lawsuits lately. This one has a bit of a twist: Salesman Michael Vackar is suing is former employer, Louisiana-based Superior Supply and Steel, saying he was fired because he didn't heed his boss's demands to take potential clients to strip clubs and procure strippers' special favors. Yikes.
Is this what you mean by "our steel rods lick the competition's"?
According to the suit, his boss, Bill Kotcher, "told Vackar explicitly to take his customers to 'strip clubs and titty bars, like Treasures'....Kotcher also mentioned on more than one occasion to Vackar that 'once you bring a customer to a place that has cameras, you have a customer for life.'"
The company's lawyer, Barry Godlen, told us in an e-mail that "The lawsuit is meritless and without factual basis. Superior Supply & Steel maintains a strict policy against the conduct alleged in the lawsuit, and [the company] is confident that it will prevail. The individual making these false allegations was terminated previously by Superior Supply & Steel for misconduct, and his filing of a frivolous lawsuit appears to be an act of retaliation."
In a curious turn of phrase, Vackar alleged that, during a sales meeting, Kotcher "told him in no uncertain terms: 'I told you to get your customers bred.'" Eew. "Shocked, Vackar responded that his customers were not 'into that.' Vackar also told Kotcher: 'I'm not going to take customers to whorehouses and get them involved with hookers. They are family men, and it's not right.' Kotcher then department the meeting in a huff and said nothing further to Vackar on the issue."
We like the part about Kotcher leaving "in a huff." It's simply good jurisprudence for attorneys to paint a mental picture for all parties, including the judge, and we think that Vackar's attorney, John Ghezzi, succeeded in this respect.
We're anxious to find out who will walk away in a huff at the resolution of this case. We'll keep you posted.