Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan chased by former security guard
Former security employee sues Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, claiming she has suffered repeated racist and sexist discrimination at work, including being labeled a “ghetto” by her boss, according to a news report. trial.
The employee, Mia King, claims in the lawsuit that she began to suffer the abuse shortly after starting work in 2018 at the Limitless company, which the technician couple hired for security.
Her company director, Liam Booth, has repeatedly said that she was unqualified for her job and was only hired because she was a black woman, according to the complaint filed before California state court late last month.
On several occasions, Booth also said King’s hairstyle was “unprofessional” and referred to her and other blacks as “ghetto,” depending on the costume.
Booth made a number of homophobic and racist statements that did not target King, but she said they made her work environment toxic, according to the lawsuit.
In one case, he claimed Meghan Markle had “polluted the royal line,” according to the costume.
In another example, Booth blamed Chan for a car accident, “while pulling her eyelids apart and pointing out that Asian women are notoriously bad drivers,” the costume reads.
He also used homophobic epithets and adopted a false lisp when talking about LGBT staff members, according to the lawsuit.
King says she has repeatedly complained about the issues, but was told “the men are in power” in the office, according to court documents. She was “fired” from Limitless in February 2019.
His complaint, filed on September 20, and first reported by Insider on Tuesday. The news site also reported that a second former security worker, a gay man, filed a similar discrimination complaint against the couple the same day King filed his complaint.
The man, identified as John Doe in court documents, claims Booth groped him during an event at a sushi restaurant and once during a visit to Zuckerberg’s property in Montana, according to the report .
Zuckerberg and Chan are named in the lawsuits as employers who allegedly allowed the discrimination.
Booth, who is also named a defendant in the lawsuits, could not be reached for comment.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Zuckerberg and Chan’s “family office” said they investigated the allegations when they first arose, but determined they were unfounded.
“In this case, almost all of the allegations in these complaints were first raised through a lawyer, after the two employees had left the company, and in connection with significant monetary demands,” he said. Ben LaBolt said in an email.
“Nonetheless, when their lawyers shared these concerns, our human resources department and external counsel conducted separate weeks-long investigations into the allegations, including conducting numerous interviews with their colleagues and reviewing other documents and information. relevant, “he added. “As a result of these in-depth investigations, these allegations simply could not be substantiated. We strongly believe that these employees were treated fairly and respectfully and the family office is confident that they will defeat these claims. “