A woman sued her former employer, a 31-year-old male social media star, on allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination.
The social media illusionist reportedly hired the plaintiff in April 2015 to work as his part-time executive assistant. He later asked her to join his company full-time, allegedly promising her "opportunities to further her desired producing career." She was promoted to producer in February 2016.
The plaintiff claims that from 2016 to 2017, the social media star excluded her from "any involvement in the development of television or film projects, despite his prior promises to the contrary."
She alleges that he repeatedly sexually harassed her throughout her employment, including taking his clothes off and leaving his underwear in her office. She further accuses her former employer of creating "an abusive work atmosphere" and targeting her including by paying her less than her male counterparts and excluding her from company activities because of her gender.
The plaintiff alleges in the suit that the social media star "belittled, verbally attacked, and yelled at [her] for the slightest perceived misstep, while turning a blind eye to male co-workers' grave errors."
The employer allegedly terminated her over a Zoom call in May 2020 because she "complains too much." He allegedly told the plaintiff to "think of it like a breakup."
The former producer filed the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Srivats Lakshman "Did Zach King sexually harass female producer? YouTube illusionist sued for misconduct" meaww.com (Dec. 14, 2021).