Published On: Thu, Mar 19th, 2015

Taiwanese Woman Suing Facebook for Sex and Race Discrimination

77 percent of Facebook's management, are male, 74 percent white.


Chia Hong, who worked as technology partner for Facebook from 2010 to 2013, is suing Facebook in state court in San Mateo County for discrimination, harassment, and, finally being fired, because she is a woman and of Taiwanese descent, the NY Times reported.

Hong claims she was humiliated, yelled at for taking time off she was entitled to, and told to serve drinks to male colleagues in parties she was ordered to organize.

She says she was fired after receiving “satisfactory” evaluations. She also says the man who replaced her was less qualified.

Hong is represented by the same firm that represents Ellen Pao in a sex discrimination case against a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.

The Times noted that Hong’s complaint comes at a time when Facebook is trying to improve its gender and ethnic diversity, with 69 percent of its workforce being male and 77 percent of management, 74 percent white.

Facebook responded to the Hong lawsuit with the following statement:

“We work extremely hard on issues related to diversity, gender and equality, and we believe we’ve made progress. In this case we have substantive disagreements on the facts, and we believe the record shows the employee was treated fairly.”

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