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Facebook accused of race and gender discrimination by ex employee

The name synonymous with social media is back in the headlines, but not in a positive light. Facebook users in Florida and across the world may be shocked to hear the accusations against the media giant. A woman who worked for the company is claiming that the company treated her unfairly because of her race and gender. She has filed a discrimination claim against the company and mentions a significant number of employees who allegedly mistreated her. One of them was named and 50 more were unnamed.

The woman was originally hired as a project manager, but two years later she became a technology partner. She claims that the employees did not listen to her opinions and would criticize her. Additionally, she was questioned as to why she was pursuing a career and not staying home to look after her children.

She alleges that she was told to coordinate parties and drinks for her male colleagues even though those responsibilities were not included in her job description. The plaintiff also claims that the employees would tell her that she spoke differently than everyone else and was not fully meshed with the rest of the team. The woman was eventually fired even though she asserts that she had a successful track record. Her position was filled by a man who apparently was not as experienced or qualified.

Facebook made a statement saying that there are some discrepancies in the facts and it believes that the plaintiff received fair treatment. Furthermore, the company stated that it works diligently to maintain an environment that is free from discrimination. The plaintiff is seeking monetary damages, legal costs and lost wages and benefits. Florida employees who feel that they have been the victims of discrimination have the rights to file claims against their employers to seek justice.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Facebook sued by ex-employee claiming sex and racial discrimination", Queenie Wong, May 18, 2015

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