Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is facing a new legal battle, this time from a former employee who alleges she was subjected to sex discrimination and harassment among other charges, the publication notes.
The complainant is a certain Chia Hong, a Taiwanese national who filed her case containing 11 separate claims against Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) in a court in San Mateo, California.
However, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) disagrees with the lawsuit.
“We work extremely hard on issues related to diversity, gender and equality, and we believe we’ve made progress. In this case we have substantive disagreements on the facts, and we believe the record shows the employee was treated fairly,” a company spokesman is quoted writing TechCrunch in an email.
Among the claims Hong is making is that she suffered from sexual discrimination and harassment based on her race and nationality while at the social network.
According to TechCrunch, Hong was hired as a program manager for the world’s largest social network in June 2010, was transferred to a technology partner role in October 2012 and was subsequently fired in October 2013.
Hong also claims that when she complained about what she deemed was unfair treatment, the was retaliated against. Apart from wrongful termination, she also says that there was intentional infliction of emotional distress.
TechCrunch said that the defendants named in the case are alleged to have put down or altogether ignored her opinions during group meetings. Furthermore, there were incidents when she was asked why she chose to have a career instead of just staying at home and taking care of her child.
Furthermore, the suit says Hong was made to organize parties, serve drinks to male colleagues, and described as not integrated into her team because of her different looks and manner of speaking, TechCrunch writes.
Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital increased its stake in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) by 57% quarter over quarter by the end of the December quarter to about 13.5 million shares.
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