Ex-Facebook Employee Files Discrimination Suit

By David Cohen Comment

WomanManScaleThe same law firm representing the plaintiff in the much-publicized ongoing case against venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers also has Facebook in its sights.

San Francisco-based Lawless and Lawless — which is representing former partner Ellen Pao in her gender-discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins — is also representing former Facebook program manager and technology partner Chia Hong in a similar case, Re/code reported.

Hong filed suit against the social network, alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment and race/national origin discrimination (Taiwanese), according to Re/code, saying in her suit that she was treated differently during her tenure at Facebook, which lasted from June 2010 through October 2013.

According to the suit, Hong said she was “belittled” and asked “why she did not just stay home and take care of her children,” as well as punished for taking time off to volunteer at her child’s school and “ordered to organize parties and serve drinks to male colleagues.”

Facebook denied the allegations, saying in a statement reported by Re/code:

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.

Former Facebook employee Katherine Losse wrote a book released in 2012 about the male-dominated culture at the social network, The Boy Kings, but she did not take legal action against the company.

Readers: How do you think this lawsuit will play out?

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