Just last week in our blog, we discussed how employment lawsuits in California often contain claims of both discrimination and harassment.
Remember, both of these issues can include instances of disparate treatment, as well as slurs, offensive jokes, comments or other actions against someone in a workplace. People who experience these issues at work are protected under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
Former Facebook Employee Files Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuit
We bring up harassment and discrimination again because the Washington Times reported recently that a former Facebook employee has filed a lawsuit against the company accusing it of both offenses. According to the news outlet, Chia Hong, a Taiwanese woman who worked as a technology partner at the company, claims that she was “discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against.”
Hong said that she experienced the issues prior to her termination in October 2013. In her lawsuit, she accuses a supervisor of asking her “why she did not just stay home and take care of her child instead of having a career.” She also contends that she was asked to organize parties and perform tasks that her male co-workers were not asked to do.
Hong also claims that she was told she “was not integrated into the team because she looks different and talks different than other team members,” according to the Times.
Facebook released a statement denying the allegations.
I Have Experienced Workplace Harassment and Discrimination. What Should I Do?
As we mentioned last week, if you or someone you love has been the victim of harassment or discrimination at work, you should report the issues to a human resource worker or your supervisor. If the issues continue, it may be wise to speak to an attorney.
Remember, most forms of harassment and discrimination at work are illegal. An attorney may be able to help you move forward with a claim, and you may be entitled to damages. Our initial consultation is free, so it is of no financial consequence to you to ask about any mistreatment you may experience at work.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? In 2014, the EEOC investigated more than 2,100 claims of racial workplace discrimination California.