a former NFL Star has accused the CEO of a New York-based Metaverse company of sexually harassing her and another black employee, claiming he used racial slurs, made lewd gestures and made lewd comments about her sex life. Key, two recently filed lawsuits claim .
teo johnson – A former tight end for the Oakland Raiders – says EveryRealm CEO jane yorio created a toxic work environment, including a comment in which she threatened to “trade” Johnson if he did not meet her requests new york post Report.
Lawsuit filed by ex-NFL star and former EveryRealm employee alleges racism, sexual harassment
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, names Yorio and EveryRealm as defendants, followed by backers including Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, and claims celebrity endorsers ranging from Paris Hilton, Will Smith and The Weeknd and more .
Johnson also alleged that she was pressured into a “game of sexual harassment” in which co-workers and customers were encouraged to sleep with each other.
In March, he claims Yorio told him about a “sex-related game he encouraged employees to play” while they were on a business trip to the SXSW (South by Southwest) festival in Texas.
The suit states that “KYP,” “Know Your Personnel,” or “KYC”—an acronym for “Know Your Customer”—is a euphemism for “having sex or hooking up with co-workers and business partners.” ” Were.
White female CEO allegedly urged Johnson to sleep with co-workers, calling him a “stupid black person”
The female CEO, who is white, told Johnson that “the game’s way of paying” was to be “put on a business trip by a coworker,” according to the lawsuit.
Johnson, whose job required managing celebrity accounts, says Yorio reportedly asked him if “he’d be doing any KYP,” a comment that caused him to be “taken aback” by the suggestion. before that “politely informed him that he was already really “close with someone”.
That same night, the former NFL star claims Yorio was “testing the waters” with him upon entering his hotel room and “insisting in no uncertain terms that he believed she was the company’s KYP”. to participate in the game” will cheat on his girlfriend.
Johnson also alleged that Yorio made offensive statements about his girlfriend’s menstrual cycle and allegedly called her a “stupid black person” and “the whitest black person”.
Yorio is said to have used other slurs directed at Johnson, including “d***,” “big swinging d***,” and “f***ing d***,” according to the lawsuit. There is an allegation.
When reached for comment by The Post, a spokesperson for EverRealm called Johnson’s claims “lies”, and attempted to portray him as an incompetent and lazy employee.
— janineorio (@janineorio) March 16, 2022
“As we stated in our court filings, this employee only worked for the company for three months and was terminated for poor performance, misuse of an expense account, and falling asleep on the job,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
EveryRealm denies the allegations, despite another similar lawsuit filed by another former black employee
In its own legal filing, EverRealm also alleged that Johnson “openly and regularly humiliated the mother of his child and demanded that EverRealm transfer her wages in cash to avoid embezzlement for child support payments.” Pay a part of.
The company said it refused Johnson’s alleged demand to be paid in cash.
“Johnson made several inappropriate comments in the workplace about other women in his life, disparaging a junior female employee as a ‘cheater’ and refusing to meet with her, and referring to [Everyrealm co-founder Julia] Schwartz as ‘that b****’ and Mrs Yorio as ‘that crazy b****’, the company alleged in its filing.
However, Yorio faced similar allegations from another former black employee in a lawsuit filed last month.
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Gatsby Frimpong, who previously worked as a product manager at Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Cisco Systems, claims he was paid almost less than a white engineering director for nearly identical work.
Frimpong said Yorio refused to consider him for promotion because he allegedly rejected her sexual advances, The Post reports.
The company calls the lawsuits “extortion,” while reportedly filing its own lawsuit against the plaintiffs.
An EveryRealm spokesperson once again attempted to defend Yorio, telling The Post: “These allegations are absurd. This former employee (Frimpong) worked remotely, and Mrs. Yorio only spoke with him on a video call. Talked only once.
“We will defend against his false allegations. These lawsuits are filled with false allegations by former employees seeking multimillion-dollar settlements,” said a company spokesperson. “Our company works hard to foster a supportive, inclusive workplace, and we Will continue to defend against these lawsuits.”
EverRealm has reportedly filed its own lawsuits against Johnson and Frimpong — currently pleading to take the complaints out of litigation and into arbitration.
According to The Post, the company also accused the plaintiffs of demanding an “extortion” settlement of $1.9 million.