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Facebook Sued for Racial, Gender Discrimination

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Facebook is mentioned in a workplace discrimination lawsuit that claims that the company engaged in racial as well as gender discrimination against a woman.

The plaintiff also accuses the company of sexual harassment. According to the former Facebook employee, she suffered several years of harassment during her term of the company. She attempted to bring the harassment and discrimination to the notice of management at the company, but in October 2013, she was fired from her job. She complains that she was wrongfully terminated from the company because of her complaint of discrimination and harassment.

She alleges that she was harassed, not just by her boss, but also by several of her colleagues, who harassed her based on her race, and nationality. She is of Taiwanese origin.

In California, sexual harassment is covered under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, which specifically defines harassment as gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, as well as harassment based on other conditions like pregnancy or childbirth.

A person, who suffers unwanted sexual advances in the workplace, can file a claim for sexual harassment. Those unwanted sexual advances can be verbal, and physical in nature. From lewd, off-color jokes and obscene remarks, to verbal assaults, and sexual propositioning, employees may be at risk of a variety of undesirable sexual behaviors that make the workplace a threatening environment for them.

Employers under the Act are clearly prohibited from engaging in any such harassment of employees in the workplace. In such cases, an employer cannot use the defense that he was unaware of the harassment that was occurring in the workplace.

If you are currently being harassed, or facing other types of discrimination in the workplace, get in touch with a California employment lawyer and discuss your options for a claim.

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