Story at a glance:
- Two former employees are suing Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan and their family businesses for being responsible for sexual harassment, discrimination and unpaid wages.
- The two plaintiffs allege harassment and discrimination, as well as being forced to work long hours.
- Both lawsuits make allegations that the former head of security, Liam Booth, perpetuated inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
Two former employees are suing Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, along with their family related corporate entities.
Facebook itself is not involved in the lawsuits; the family businesses between Chan and Zuckerberg are hit with allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and unpaid wages, NBC News reported.
On Sept. 20, plaintiffs Mia King, a security worker, and an unnamed man — a household manager referred to as John Doe — filed their suits in San Francisco County Superior Court, Business Insider reported.
King, who worked for a third-party security firm called Limitless Specialty Services LLC from May 2018 through February 2019, is a Black woman and member of the LGBTQ+ community, according to court filings. She provided security services for the Zuckerberg family.
Joe Doe, an openly gay man, worked as the "Household Operations Manager."
Both lawsuits make allegations that the former head of security, Liam Booth, perpetuated inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
Booth would make remarks regarding King's gender and race, including calling her "ghetto" and strongly suggesting that she was hired for a diversity initiative — Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
King alleges that Booth used an anti-gay slur to refer to a gay employee, and he even made a racist remark about Chan.
Booth also made remarks about Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle's race, who is biracial, saying she "polluted the royal bloodline," according to her suit.
Doe had his sexuality questioned by Booth and was allegedly sexually assaulted twice.
Doe attended a company function at Nobu, a famous sushi restaurant chain, in July 2018, where his groin was slapped in front of multiple other employees. At Zuckerberg's Montana property in October 2018, Booth allegedly groped Doe’s buttocks, Insider reported.
The former head of security teased Doe with "lewd sex acts" as others watched.
In addition to being racially and sexually violated, King and Doe claim they were overworked and not paid.
King first complained to a female colleague, who told her that "men are in leadership here, men are in power," NBC reported.
King also said she felt pressured to work overtime and was not paid appropriately.
Doe, who suffers from epilepsy, was forced to perform tasks like climbing ladders or carrying heavy objects that exacerbate his condition, NBC News reports.
Doe said his superior — Brian Mosteller, an Obama administration aide who led the Chan-Zuckerberg family office — did not accommodate his epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes seizures or unusual sensations.
In February 2019, Doe emailed Zuckerberg and Chan directly about his complaint. He did not receive a response from the couple, but he was "constructively terminated" a few weeks later.
In response to the allegations, Zuckerberg's personal spokesperson Ben LaBolt said the company’s investigation into their complaints shows no evidence of wrongdoing.
The family office expects to win the case.
"As we previously stated when these claims were anonymously leaked to the media over two years ago, our family office follows a strict code of conduct that requires appropriate behavior from all members of our teams. It is our expectation that each of our employees adheres to this code of conduct," he said. "Any complaint made to our HR personnel is taken seriously and is investigated and addressed. We are proud of the team of professionals who work in the family office and are confident that these claims, which seek to unfairly disparage our colleagues, will fail."
READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA