LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2017 — Carney Shegerian, founder of Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates, recently discussed the new whistleblower retaliation allegations made against Snapchat by a former employee, Anthony Pompliano. In the lawsuit, Pompliano claims Snapchat is misleading investors about the company’s growth in order to drive up its initial public offering.
“Pompliano was only employed by Snapchat for three weeks, but in this short period of time, he learned the company was misrepresenting its user growth in an attempt to appear more attractive to potential investors,” Shegerian says. “He was also allegedly asked to hand over confidential trade secrets from his former employer, Facebook.”
“After voicing his concerns about this unethical behavior to his superiors, Pompliano was terminated from the company in a classic case of whistleblower retaliation,” Shegerian continues. “Retaliation is the most commonly reported type of discrimination, but thanks to courageous individuals like Pompliano, the courts can continue to show employers it will not be tolerated.”
“Snapchat’s parent company is preparing for its initial public offering, which is expected in just a few more months,” Shegerian says. “If these allegations are true, Pompliano’s actions may save countless investors from partnering with Snapchat based on misleading information, which is a perfect example of why protecting whistleblowers in the workplace is of vital importance.”
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