In the suit, Andersen claims Orlov made a number of disparaging remarks about women — referring to them as "fat cows" on one occasion — as well as racist comments.
Andersen alleges Orlov told one Jewish colleague he was "miserly" because of his religion. He also claims the chief executive pressured a female employee workinig on Rapp's Pfizer account to get hold of Viagra for him without a prescription "because he [had] a young wife."
The former executive, who left last month after three years at the direct marketing agency, says he complained about these and other incidents, such as creating a "hostile working environment" on several occasions.
According to the suit, Orlov became aware of Andersen's complaints and, a short time after the latter was interviewed by the agency's HR chief and an investigator, Anderson was given notice.
The legal filing also claims that Orlov once told a meeting of 70: "Mess with my brand or my direction, and I will break off your finger and shove it up your ass."
Andersen has also claimed his age played a part in the termination of his job. He is claiming unspecified damages.
The suit comes not two months after JWT's global CEO, Gustavo Martinez, was hit with a lawsuit from chief communications officer Erin Johnson claiming he made racist and sexist comments.
This article first appeared on campaignlive.co.uk.