The lawyer, who represents two former employees of Mark Zuckerberg, who accused the head of personal security of Facebook for sexual harassment and racist statements, now demands an independent investigation of the allegations.
In a statement to Business Insider, well-known civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, head of the Bloom office said: "We urge the family to maintain a truly neutral, independent investigator experienced with harassment and discrimination to present facts and recommendations on these urgent and important demands. "
The allegations against Liam Booth, a former intelligence agent now tasked with guiding the protection of the billionaire's family, include sexual battery, transphobia, and racist comments about Zuckerberg's Asian-American Mrs. Priscilla Chan. The claims were set out by The Bloom Firm in legal documents claiming damages and subsequently obtained by Business Insider. The two former employees claim damages and claim that nothing was done after expressing internal concerns in Zuckerberg's Family Office.
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Zuckerberg's Family Office, said it "takes complaints about workplace misconduct very seriously and our staff is investigating all these issues promptly." The law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, representing the Family Office LLCs, is conducting an investigation "to determine whether the claims are justified". Booth was put on administrative leave during this investigation.
However, this is not enough for The Bloom Firm, which is now calling for an independent investigator not affiliated with the family to investigate the matter.
"As far as we know, there are no independent investigations, but instead, a large law firm defends our clients' allegations, and lawyers are ethically obliged to defend their clients," wrote Bloom.
Ben LaBolt did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request to comment on Bloom's request.
Zuckerberg's personal affairs are managed by a discrete network of LLCs and organizations. One takes care of his personal safety (Facebook also provides security for the CEO), while the other is keeping domestic workers busy and keeping his home affairs running. Booth is the chief of security for this family office as well as the philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg initiative.
Here is Lisa Bloom's full explanation:
"I am proud to represent the two persons who have filed claims, as far as we know, no independent investigation is instituted, and instead a large law firm defends our claims Clients: The lawyers are ethically committed to defending their clients, and we urge the family to maintain a truly neutral, independent investigator who has experience with harassment and discrimination allegations to provide factual findings and recommendations on these urgent and important allegations. "
Currently there is no further comment.
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