Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, an advertising tech executive, has been sued, along with his company, Gravity4 Software, for gender discrimination and for secretly monitoring a female employee. Chahal was formerly the CEO of RadiumOne, but was fired last year after being convicted of a misdemeanor for battery and domestic violence. According to police, a video tape showed him hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times, but it was excluded from trial because it was seized without a warrant. He was put on probation for three years, and had to perform 25 hours of community service and complete a domestic violence training program.
After he was terminated, he founded Gravity4 Software and began working as Chairman and CEO. The plaintiff claims that she was hired as senior vice president of marketing, and after just six weeks on the job she was harassed and humiliated by Chahal. She also claims that she found out she had been secretly under video surveillance during her job interview.
The plaintiff alleges that while she was being interviewed, Chahal was watching her from hidden video cameras, and that the interviewer kept asking her for an opinion on Chahal’s criminal case. The lawsuit also alleges that she was later pressured by Chahal to drink shots of hard alcohol while under consideration for the job.
Once she began working for the company, the plaintiff says that Chahal bullied her and favored younger male employees over her. She also says that she was the only senior female executive at the company, and she was told that other women were reluctant to join the company given Chahal’s reputation. The plaintiff says that after only six weeks on the job, she was wrongfully terminated.
According to the complaint, Gravity4 was set up by Chahal to compete directly with RadiumOne, and Chahal was obsessed with punishing RadiumOne. Chahal allegedly talked about employees at RadiumOne in an extremely hostile manner, and used inside information from RadiumOne in order to compete. The complaint also mentioned Chahal’s excessive temper while on the job.
Gravity4 denies the allegations in the complaint. It says that the plaintiff only worked for the company for six weeks, and during those six weeks, she failed to complete any assignments. After her termination, the company claims, it discovered that the employee had breached various employment agreements with Gravity4. It claims that she is seeking publicity after the Ellen Pao case, in which a high-tech employee claimed she suffered gender discrimination while working for a venture capital firm. The company also denies it used any surveillance for interviewing purposes.
It can be difficult to determine at the outset of a case which side will prevail. A gender discrimination lawsuit can be a long process, involving discovery, negotiations, settlement and/or trial, and sometimes an appeal. The plaintiff may also choose to file a complaint with federal and/or state regulatory authorities as part of the process.
It’s unfortunate that in 2015, women are still being harassed and discriminated against because of their gender. Both federal and California law prohibit harassment and discrimination at work because of a person’s sex, as well as other factors such as race, age, disability, national origin, and other factors.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace because of your gender, call Oakland gender discrimination attorney Micha Star Liberty at 510-645-1000 or 415-896-1000. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that employees should be evaluated on the basis of their workplace performance, not their gender. If you have been discriminated against, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, benefits, and emotional damages. Call today to schedule your free consultation.