Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg
37-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his 36-year-old wife Priscilla Chan were at the center of a scandal. Former employees who worked for the businessman and his wife sued them, accusing their team members of harassment, discrimination and homophobia.
The plaintiffs were a former household manager, whose name was not disclosed (he appears under the pseudonym John Doe), and Mia King, who worked for Limitless Specialty Services LLC, which provided security services to the spouses.
Court documents describe King as a black woman and a member of the LGBTQ community, and Doe as openly gay. In her statement, King noted that she was subjected to numerous degrading remarks: she was addressed using obscene language. In addition, she claimed that when she complained internally, her female colleague told her that men were in charge and that power was theirs. King also said she was forced to work overtime for which she was not paid properly.
Dow stated that he worked more than 40 hours a week, for which he was not paid compensation. He also said that he was forced to work 17 hours a day to prepare the house for the couple's arrival. He was also not paid overtime for that. He added that he suffers from epilepsy, but was forced to perform tasks that worsened his health or put him in danger, such as climbing stairs or carrying heavy objects. In addition, Dow stated that he was sexually harassed and homophobic by employees of Zuckerberg's company.
The plaintiffs themselves are accused of non-payment of wages.
No hearing was scheduled in this case. None of the accused have yet commented on these statements.
Representative of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Ben Labolt called the accusations unfounded.
Our office takes complaints of inappropriate workplace behavior very seriously and will promptly investigate any such issues. We are proud of the team of professionals that work in the family office and are confident that these accusations aimed at unfairly defaming our colleagues will fail.
– he said.