Markowitz denies discrimination

(AP) - Court documents say Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz lambasted female staffers and called a former press secretary "Tinkerbell" because she dropped her belongings

NEW YORK - (AP) - Court documents say Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz lambasted female staffers and called a former press secretary "Tinkerbell" because she dropped her belongings here and there, like dust.

Markowitz adds that he's a fan of the popular Disney character.

Markowitz also admitted to keeping a male staffer on payroll even though he was a regular no-show.

Former communications director Regina Weiss, who resigned in 2006, filed a discrimination lawsuit against Markowitz in 2007.

Markowitz denies wrongdoing and city lawyers call the allegations "baseless."

According to documents, Markowitz said Weiss' predecessor, Sharon Toomer, was fired for "incompetence."

Toomer told the Daily News that she blames Markowitz for "a culture of favoritism" based on gender and color.

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