Carney Shegerian, founding attorney of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, recently issued a statement regarding the sexual harassment and discrimination allegations made against UploadVR, a virtual reality start-up based in San Francisco. Former employee Elizabeth Scott has claimed that the company created a hostile work environment by making offensive sexual comments, discussing details about their sexual encounters, and even engaging in sexual intercourse in the office. Scott also alleges that female employees were forced to do what the male employees referred to as “womanly tasks,” such as cleaning up after parties and organizing the refrigerator.
“The allegations in this lawsuit are appalling to say the least,” Shegerian says. “Ms. Scott and other female employees were exposed to disgusting behaviors that do not belong in any workplace.”
“In addition to being harassed and discriminated against, Ms. Scott was also wrongfully terminated after complaining about her co-workers’ behavior,” Shegerian continues. “No employee—male or female—should feel as if they have to tolerate harassment if they want to keep their job.”
“If these allegations are true, UploadVR is yet another Silicon Valley tech firm where sexual harassment and discrimination is not only permitted, but encouraged by senior executives,” Shegerian states. “Silicon Valley is not a boy’s club, and it’s about time that the courts help these tech companies come to this realization.”
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators, Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of its clients. For more information about the firm, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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