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Mark Zuckerberg sued by former household employees over abuse by ‘racist and sexist’ aide

Mr Booth is also accused of groping Doe’s buttocks at Mr Zuckerberg’s Montana property in October 2018 and imitating “lewd sex acts” in front of him and other employee witnesses.

The cases also heap pressure on the billionaire father-of-two, who is currently battling revelations made in leaked internal company documents about how Facebook has handled misinformation and reportedly kowtowed to repressive regimes.

Mr Zuckerberg and Ms Chan, who closely guard their private life, could be compelled to give depositions in the cases, which would shine an uncomfortable spotlight on the running of the 37-year-old billionaire’s family office, which manages the family’s every need. 

The couple runs a web of limited liability companies to manage their household affairs, some of which are named as defendants in the complaints.

Doe claims he complained to Mr Zuckerberg and Ms Chan in February 2019 and that his contract was terminated weeks later.

Both plaintiffs also claim they were not given legally required work breaks or paid for overtime hours, in violation of A Fair Day’s Pay Act.

Mr Booth, whose LinkedIn profile says he is a former Secret Service officer who had been working with Mr Zuckerberg’s family charity between 2017 and July 2019, could not be reached for comment by Business Insider, which first reported the legal action.

Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Mr Zuckerberg, responded by saying: “The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and promptly investigates all such matters. In this case, almost all of the allegations in these complaints were first raised through counsel, after both employees had left the company, and in connection with significant monetary demands.

“Following these thorough investigations, these allegations simply could not be substantiated. We firmly believe that these employees were treated fairly and respectfully and the family office is confident that it will defeat these claims.”

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