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Lawsuit accuses former WeWork CEO of gender discrimination

The allegations made within a lawsuit filed against the former CEO of WeWork might sound familiar to people in Texas who have suffered gender discrimination at work. The woman, who had worked as the CEO's chief of staff, claims that he discriminated against her and paid her significantly less than the man who took over her role.

The discrimination emerged during the hiring process when the CEO inquired about her marriage and future pregnancies during an interview according to court papers. When she later took maternity leave, the CEO repeatedly called it her vacation. The lawsuit cites the CEO's marijuana use in front of the woman as the reason that she had to reveal her pregnancy to him. She needed to avoid exposure to marijuana smoke that happened when she traveled with him on his private jet. Court filings also describe a significant gender pay disparity. The man hired for her position received $400,000 a year plus a $175,000 signing bonus compared to the $150,000 paid to her for the same job.

A statement from WeWork said that the company did not condone discrimination but would fight the claims made in the lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit arrives on the heels of the CEO's departure from the company after a failed IPO.

Illegal workplace conduct like that described in this lawsuit has the potential to derail a victim's career and cause significant personal stress. Someone who wants answers about employee rights could ask an attorney for guidance. A legal evaluation might reveal evidence of disparate treatment, sexual harassment or wrongful termination. An attorney may file a formal complaint and initiate discussions for a settlement to help a person recover financial damages resulting from discrimination at work.

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