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SIX ex WFAN Employees come forward to rip the Animal House atmosphere alleged in lawsuit

Just days after a guy in the radio business told us he felt Joe Benigno will never be welcomed back at WFAN - former employees have started to come forward to rip the alleged culture at WFAN that was allowed to run rampant.

Craig Lenti says he was forced to endure Dan Taylor calling a fellow on-air personality a “f–king Jew bastard,” referring to a marketing manager as a “dyke” and describing a potential co-worker as "faggy." Craig claims in contemporaneous notes made in a daily diary he kept — which was submitted to CBS Radio’s human resources in 2007, as part of a hostile workplace complaint.

Taylor, who hosts a daily 10 a.m.-to-3 p.m. show on WCBS-FM 101.1, would also avoid discussing Oprah Winfrey and other black celebrities on air, Lenti alleged in the diary, a copy of which was reviewed by The Post.

“That was the sick genius of it all. He never really let on about who he really is until you were in the studio with him. Once that [studio] door closed, all bets were off,” the 40-year-old producer said in a recent interview.

Lenti hoped his well-kept record of Taylor’s mephitic mutterings would result in HR ordering the DJ to stop — but it didn’t.

“When I went to HR, [the company’s] excuse was he didn’t know that I was bi, gay, whatever you want to call it, and he didn’t specifically target me,” Lenti said of the late-summer 2007 meeting between HR, Taylor and himself — a meeting prompted by his complaint.

“[Taylor] pointed his finger at me and told me that if I had a problem with how he was behaving, I should have told him directly,” he said.

Taylor wasn’t disciplined beyond the meeting with HR. Rather, Lenti was transferred off Taylor’s popular show soon after.

Lenti was laid off five days before Christmas 2013. After “holding on to the pain” of working with Taylor for nearly a decade, last November, as Entercom bought CBS Radio, including WFAN and WCBS-FM, Lenti posted a message on Facebook urging the station’s new owner to take action against its alleged bad apple.

Lenti mentioned Taylor in his post. His troubles at the radio giant were aired publicly just months before Lauren Lockwood, a former top saleswoman at the media company, claimed in a shocking July lawsuit that CBS Radio and Entercom condoned a “frat-house”-like work environment. The Post last month reported exclusively on the suit that claimed WFAN radio host Joe Benigno tried to pressure her into having group sex with his wife and a prostitute.

Since the initial report, six former employees across different CBS Radio units have come forward to The Post to back up Lockwood’s claims that the company had an “anything-goes” culture that ignored complaints about powerful men creating a hostile work environment.

“It always felt like the culture at the stations were problematic and way too touchy-feely,” one former employee at, owned by CBS Radio, told The Post. “The drinking stuff made sense to me because it seemed as if everyone felt like it was a frat house, not a workplace.”

“Benigno would tell me my butt looked nice in those jeans, that I looked sexy,” Mia Harris, a former sports reporter at WFAN who covered the Jets and the Giants, told The Post.

Harris saw the married Benigno holding hands with a younger assistant at the Indianapolis airport in 2010 — and was pressured to keep quiet about it, she told The Post.

“He came up to me, tried to play it off,” she said. “He pulls me aside. He says, ‘Listen, don’t say anything to anybody. Please, you can’t get me in trouble. If my wife found out…,’ ” Harris said.

Six months later, Harris, who made $100 a day covering the NFL teams, began to realize she was losing out on more lucrative opportunities at the all-sports station to less-qualified men, she said.

Feeling squeezed out of a job, she resigned. Harris said the accidental airport encounter was the beginning of the end of her WFAN career.

It goes on and on.

Jaclyn Dagnall, 30, who worked in promotions for WCBS-FM, re-filed with Entercom last November a 2013 HR complaint detailing years of alleged harassment from her boss, Frank Iemmiti, who she described in her complaint as a “workplace bully.”

Dagnall, who showed The Post photos of US Postal Service-certified mail receipts for the complaints mailed to Entercom executives and its HR department, said she never heard back from the company — and believes it never took action against her former boss.

Iemmiti referred to women subordinates as “the C-word,” and said that workers were running on “colored people time” — a slur meant to demean black people as lazy, according to copies of notes Dagnall had given to the company and that she gave to The Post.

Iemmiti, a marketing director, also targeted Dagnall, then about 23, for having an eating disorder — and would humiliate her for it, she said.

“Did your friend hold your hair up in the bathroom while you threw everything up you just ate?” he asked her after she ate a slice of pizza, according to the letter. She had not thrown up, and had given no indication she was sick, she said.

One of Dagnall’s ex-coworkers, who asked to remain anonymous, witnessed the account following her eating pizza. Another said he was told of it shortly after.

Dagnall was not aware of any action taken in 2013 by CBS Radio. In fact, Iemmiti was promoted, she told The Post.

It was because of the lack of action on the original complaint — and to stop Iemmiti from levying the same allegedly hostile behavior on other employees — that Dagnall sent Entercom copies of the filing.

On Nov. 29, 2017 — after Entercom acquired CBS Radio — Dagnall mailed copies of her complaints against Iemmiti to Entercom CEO and Chairman David Field, Esther-Mireya Tejeda, the company’s spokeswoman, and Entercom’s HR department.

Iemmiti left Entercom around May of this year due to an unrelated performance review, a person familiar with the situation told The Post.

Iemetti did not respond to multiple attempts over multiple days to reach him for comment.

The Post has even more.

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