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Mark Zuckerberg, spouse sued by former safety employee, alleges racial and sexist discrimination

A former safety worker is suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse Priscilla Chan saying she was subjected to repeated racist and sexist discrimination at work, together with being labeled “ghetto” by her boss, a brand new lawsuit claims.

The worker, Mia King, claims within the go well with that she started to endure the abuse quickly after she began work in 2018 on the agency Limitless, which the tech couple had employed for safety.

Her supervisor on the agency, Liam Booth, repeatedly made statements that she was not certified for her place and that she was solely employed as a result of she is a black girl, in keeping with the go well with, which was filed in California state courtroom late final month.

On a number of events, Booth additionally mentioned King’s coiffure was “unprofessional” and referred to her and different black folks as “ghetto,” the go well with alleges.

Booth made quite a lot of homophobic and racist statements that weren’t directed at King however she mentioned they made her working atmosphere poisonous, the go well with claims.

In one occasion, he claimed that Meghan Markle had “polluted the royal bloodline,” in keeping with the go well with.

This Oct. 25, 2019 file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the Paley Center in New York. Zuckerberg donated $400 million to help fund election offices as they scrambled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic late last summer.
King had filed the lawsuit on Sept. 20, 2021.
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In one other instance, Booth blamed Chan for a automobile accident, “while pulling back his eye lids and commenting that Asian women are notoriously bad drivers,” the go well with states.

He additionally used homophobic epithets and adopted a faux lisp when talking about LGBT members of employees, in keeping with the go well with.

King claims she repeatedly complained in regards to the points however was instructed that “men are in power” on the workplace, courtroom papers say. She was “terminated” from Limitless in February 2019.

Her go well with, filed Sept. 20, and first reported by Insider on Tuesday. The information web site additionally reported {that a} second former safety worker, a homosexual man, filed the same discrimination go well with in opposition to the couple the identical day King filed her declare.

The man, recognized as John Doe in courtroom papers, claims Booth groped him throughout an occasion at a sushi restaurant and as soon as throughout a go to to Zuckerberg’s Montana property, in keeping with the report.

Zuckerberg and Chan are named within the fits of their capability as employers who allegedly allowed the discrimination to happen.

Booth, who can be named as a defendant within the fits, couldn’t be reached for remark.

Paperwork claims King was let go from Limitless in 2019.
Paperwork claims King was let go from Limitless in 2019.
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In an announcement, a spokesperson for Zuckerberg and Chan’s “family office” mentioned they investigated the claims after they had been first raised however decided them to be unsubstantiated.

“In this case, almost all of the allegations in these complaints were first raised through counsel, after both employees had left the company, and in connection with significant monetary demands,” Ben LaBolt mentioned in an electronic mail.

“Nevertheless, when their lawyers shared these concerns, both our HR Department and outside counsel conducted separate multi-week investigations into the allegations, including by conducting numerous interviews of their colleagues and reviewing other relevant documents and information,” he added. “Following these thorough investigations, these allegations simply could not be substantiated. We firmly believe that these employees were treated fairly and respectfully and the family office is confident that it will defeat these claims.”