A former employee of a virtual reality business in another state recently claimed she suffered gender discrimination along with sexual harassment. Both of these behaviors are illegal at companies throughout the United States, including those in New York. The woman has therefore filed a lawsuit against the startup.
According to the lawsuit, the startup featured sexual behavior that was rampant, which created a hostile work environment for the plaintiff as well as other female workers there. In fact, the company allegedly had a room with a bed that was intended solely for the purpose of having sex. In addition, the woman claimed that the company invited prostitutes and strippers to its parties and that male workers would ban female workers from rooms so that these spaces could be used to have sex with party-goers. The plaintiff also claimed that male workers received more compensation than their female counterparts and that she was wrongfully fired.
However, the co-founders of the business claimed that the lawsuit was unmerited. The startup company offers training courses to those interested in becoming developers. In addition, it operates a news site that focuses on the virtual reality industry, and it hosts parties and events through partnerships with other technology companies.
Sexual harassment and gender discrimination unfortunately remain serious issues in the workplace in New York and other states. Employees who experience this type of treatment at work have the right to seek justice through the civil court system. Understanding which facts need to be proved in court will likely be essential to prevail in this type of case.
Source: theverge.com, "UploadVR sued for 'rampant' sexual harassment and discrimination", Nick Statt, May 15, 2017