Like most ultra-rich members of society, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerbeg has a comprehensive security detail that controls him at all hours of the day, in addition to the litany of staff responsible for cooking, cleaning and managing Zuckerberg and the personal information of his family. Affairs.
But according to two former employees of the personal household and security staff at Zuckerberg, the personal chief of the chief, a former secret service agent named Liam Booth, who worked under President Barack Obama, sexual harassment and racist and other derogatory remarks about Zuckerberg & # 39; s wife, Priscilla Chan and other staff. The news was first reported this afternoon by Business insider, and later confirmed by NBC News.
One of the former staff members, who worked as Booth's executive assistant, says that they witnessed Booth completely a sexually degrading remark to another Zuckberg staff member, who is gay, and later to have touched the man in the Palo Alto and wrongly touched. sushi restaurant Nobu last year. The former security officer also accuses Booth of repeatedly finding reasons to harass her in the workplace, such as telling other staff members to let her know she needs to change clothes because it was distracting. The security officer says Bloom fired her because she rolled out her eyes during a meeting & # 39; and complained about a negative article.
Booth, which is in no way affiliated with Facebook, is also accused by the second former employee, a member of Zuckerberg's housekeeping staff who resigned after taking medical leave earlier this year, using "it" instead of a transgender staff preferred language of the member and the use of humiliating language when referring to the individual when speaking with other staff members. Moreover, Booth claims to have made a remark about Chan's ethnicity when referring to her driving skills, and allegedly once claimed, "he" did not trust black people. "
Bloom has reportedly made countless other racist and sexist comments on various topics. These include the diversity efforts of the president and his wife's philanthropy organization, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, for which Bloom is also the head of security, and the Black Lives Matter movement, according to allegations.
The allegations are set out in a few letters sent to Zuckerberg's private estate by The Bloom Firm, a law firm that represented victims of the disgraced Fox News host Bill O & # 39; Reilly and is partly responsible for letting O & # 39; Reilly leave the network. The letters obtained and assessed by Business insider, citing "pervasive discriminatory behavior", "gruesome levels of sexual harassment and battery", and working environment where employees were confronted with numerous racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic comments about themselves and other staff.
The two former staff members also accuse Brian Mosteller, the director of the private office of Zuckerberg and another former staff member of Obama, of not taking action against Booth, despite repeated cases in which the staff members and others objected to his behavior, according to Business insider. The two former staff members request compensation for lost wages and additional compensation related to emotional distress. Neither the duo nor The Bloom Firm suggest that Zuckerberg is involved in any way, or even that he was aware of the allegations.
"The family office takes complaints about workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team investigates all these matters quickly," said Ben LaBolt, a spokesperson for the various private entities at Zuckerberg. Business insider in a statement. "The allegations against Liam Booth were first brought to the attention of the office by The Bloom Firm after both former employees left work at the family office and sought legal advice. As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family took Munger, Tolles & Olson office, an external law firm, in itself to investigate all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims are worthwhile, and the investigation is ongoing. pending the completion of this investigation. "