Meta Settles Former Employees’ Claim of Disability and Discrimination

A former employee has alleged that Meta supervisors discriminated against him on the basis of  national origin, race, sexual orientation, and disability, reported HR Dive.

A former employee has alleged that Meta supervisors discriminated against him on the basis of  national origin, race, sexual orientation, and disability, reported HR Dive.

The gay Latino former employee with medical conditions including a hearing impairment, ADHD, and HIV, has sued Meta, claiming the company unjustly terminated him under state and local laws, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He further alleged that Meta retaliated and created a hostile work environment.

The former employee claimed that Meta supervisors continually refused to accommodate his requests for a hearing impairment, and ADHD, allowing him to review vital discussion points through meeting debriefs. Further, he was described as coarse, loud, and intense due to his hearing impairment and ADHD.

Subsequently, the employee stated that he complained to the employee relations team that he has faced discrimination as a result of being HIV positive. He told the Meta investigator that his superiors did not provide adequate support, and he was mistreated due to his disabilities.

The company offered a severance package, which he denied.

The lawsuit described the former employee posting on Facebook about the necessity of being open about disabilities among employers. He contends that Meta leadership and the employee relations team has belligerently demanded the removal of certain parts of his posts. He further alleged the company had communicated that he would face consequences for not adhering to such.

According to the company, the former employee’s complaints were groundless. However, the employee stated that he had declined a second severance offer but continuously received positive performance reviews from the company.

The company terminated the employee in December 2022, stating that leadership did not feel he had the strategic skills to manage a client relationship.

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