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Lawsuit describes VR startup’s office ‘kink room,’ parties ‘rife with sexual impropriety’
By Marisa Kendall /
Prostitutes at a work party. An office “kink room.” Internal emails discussing an executive’s STD test results.
Those were the conditions at San Francisco-based virtual reality startup UploadVR, according to a lawsuit filed against the company by a former employee.
Elizabeth Scott, who worked for UploadVR as director of digital and social media until March, says her former employers created a sexually charged boy’s club culture, excluded her and other women from meetings and important emails and forced them to perform menial tasks like cleaning the office refrigerator. She’s suing for claims including discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation.
“The atmosphere and work environment at UploadVR was marked by rampant sexual behavior and focus, creating an unbearable environment for Plaintiff and other female employees,” according to the complaint, filed earlier this month in San Francisco County Superior Court. “Defendants purposefully and expressly created a ‘boy’s club’ environment at work, focused on sex and degrading women, including female employees.”
TechCrunch reported the lawsuit Monday.
SiliconBeat reached out to UploadVR for comment and will update this post if the company responds. The company, which has offices in San Francisco and Marina del Rey, offers virtual reality-focused training, coworking space, events and news.
Employees, including co-founder and president Will Mason, discussed sex at the office in front of their female co-workers on a daily basis — including talking about their sexual exploits in graphic detail, according to the lawsuit. The complaint describes male employees commenting on women’s bodies, and talking about masturbation and arousal while at the office. Efforts to secure “submissive Asian women” for a business trip and an UploadVR executive’s STD status were topics of office emails, according to Scott.
Freeman told Scott that she couldn’t be used for marketing purposes because she was “too big,” according to the complaint.
Sexual conduct at work events was common and even encouraged, Scott claims. UploadVR employees even set up a “kink room” in the office, according to the complaint.
“Male employees used that room to have sexual intercourse, which was disruptive and inappropriate,” Scott’s lawyers wrote. “Often, underwear and condom wrappers would be found in the room.”
During a conference in Los Angeles, which Scott was required to attend, she says UploadVR employees invited prostitutes and strippers to a party at a house the company rented in the area. At another conference in San Jose, UploadVR employees hosted a party that was “rife with sexual impropriety,” according to the complaint.
Scott also claims she and her female co-workers were treated differently from the men in the office. She says she was isolated at work, excluded from work lunches and meetings and left off important emails.
“This isolation and exclusion meant that plaintiff did not know what was going on in the office and missed out on opportunities,” the complaint states.
Instead, Scott says she and the other women were required to clean the kitchen, organize the refrigerator and clean up after parties.
Scott says she was fired after complaining about the harassment she endured at work. Her last day was March 15.
Photo: Screenshot of the UploadVR website. (UploadVR)
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Silicon Valley startup was a ‘boy’s club’ where male workers took prostitutes to events, had sex in a ‘kink room’ that was littered with used condoms and did LSD at work, claims complaint
Elizabeth Scott is suing virtual reality startup UploadVR for harassment, and gender and sex discrimination during her time at the job
She is the former head of social media at the company and claims in a complaint that founders Taylor Freeman and Will Mason created a ‘boy’s club’
Scott states in her court filing that there was a ‘kink room’ where male employees had ‘sexual intercourse,’ leaving behind ‘underwear’ and ‘condom wrappers’
One employee spoke about the need to ‘rub out’ his ‘boner’ when speaking with a female employee according to the complaint
An executive allegedly had his STD results emailed to the company, and Scott and other female employees were shown the results
Freeman and Mason said in a statement that the allegations made in the complaint are ‘without merit’
A female employee at a Silicon Valley start-up is suing the company claiming that she was forced to deal with a hostile work environment, harassment, and gender and sex discrimination during her time at the job.
Elizabeth Scott claims in court papers that UploadVR crated a ‘boy’s club’ environment with a designated ‘kink room’ where male employees had ‘sexual intercourse’ at work, leaving behind ‘underwear’ and ‘condom wrappers.’
The court filing also claims that ‘prostitutes and strippers’ were invited to work parties, one employee spoke about the need to ‘rub out’ his ‘boner’ when speaking with a female employee, a top executive has his STD results emailed to the company and that the founders sent an email inquiring where they could get ‘submissive girls’ to join them on their trip to Asia.
She is also claiming that male employees would ‘micro-dose’ throughout the day and that one in her complaint, which was filed on May 8 in the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco.
Scott, the former head of social media for the company, names CEO Taylor Freeman and company president Will Mason as the two men responsible for most of this behavior, and for creating a work environment that allowed this hostile culture.
Freeman and Mason, who are also the founders of the company, said in a statement that the allegations made in the complaint are ‘without merit.’
Lawsuit: Elizabeth Scott (above) is suing virtual reality startup UploadVR for harassment, and gender and sex discrimination during her time at the job
Defendant: She is the former head of social media at the company and claims in a complaint that founders Taylor Freeman and Will Mason created a ‘boy’s club’ (Mason above)
Room where it happens: Scott states in her court filing that there was a ‘kink room’ where male employees had ‘sexual intercourse,’ leaving behind ‘underwear’ and ‘condom wrappers’ (Freeman above)
‘We cannot comment directly on any pending litigation. What we want to express is that our employees are our greatest asset and the sole reason for the success of this company,’ Mason and Freeman said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
‘We are committed to creating a positive community in VR/AR as well as within our company culture and will work to further develop that mission in the future.
‘We are confident that the true nature of how we treat our employees and how we operate as leaders will shine through this unfortunate situation and confirm that these allegations are entirely without merit’
The men may now find themselves engaged in a lengthy court battle with Scott, who has requested a jury trial in the case.
‘Defendants purposefully and expressly created a ‘boy’s club’ environment at work, focused on sex and degrading women, including female employees,’ states the complaint.
It goes on to claim that Mason and Freeman even referred to the office as a ‘boy’s club’ and would ‘discuss their sexual exploits in graphic detail at the workplace in front of Plaintiff and other female employees.’
Mason even allegedly bragged about how he planned to have threesome at a work event with his girlfriend and another women.
Male employees would also discuss how co-worker Greg Gopman ‘refuses to wear a condom’ and ‘has had sex with over 1000 people’ according to the complaint.
Gopman previously made headlines in 2013 after he called homeless people in San Francisco ‘trash,’ a comment that later led to his being fired from Twitter as a virtyal reality contractor last year just a month after he was hired by the social media company.
He did not respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Subject of discussion: Male employees would also discuss how co-worker Greg Gopman (above) ‘refuses to wear a condom’ and ‘has had sex with over 1000 people’ according to the complaint.
Rubbing it out: Avi Horowitz (center with Mason and Freeman) , UploadVR’s expansion manager, would comment about how attractive one female employee was in front of Scott according to the complaint, saying after they spoke that he ‘had a boner’ and need to ‘rub one out.’
Team: Scott, Mason and Gopman with an unidentified female (far left) at an event in April 2016
Avi Horowitz, UploadVR’s expansion manager, would comment about how attractive one female employee was in front of Scott according to the complaint, saying after they spoke that he ‘had a boner’ and need to ‘rub one out.’
Scott meanwhile was deemed ‘too big’ to be attractive or have sex with she was told by Freeman according to the filing.
More issues arose during a planned trip to Asia.
‘Defenadants Freeman and Mason circulated emails to the staff, including Plantiff, in attempts to secure ‘Samurai Girls,’ submissive, Asian women, for their trip,’ states the complaint.
‘In the office, Defendants would frequently talk about how much sex they were going to have at each party, and how many girls they were going to have sex with,’ reads the complaint.
‘Additionally, a top executive based in Thailand had his sexually transmitted disease (STD) results emailed to UploadVR.’
Scott claims that she and other female employees were then showed these results.
Then, there was the alleged room where male workers had sex at the office.
‘UploadVR even set up a room to encourage sexual intercourse at the workplace,’ reads the complaint.
‘The room was referred to as the “kink room” and contained a bed. Male employees used that room to have sexual intercourse, which was disruptive and inappropriate. Often, underwear and condom wrappers would be found in the room.’
The complaint later states that female employees were in charge of cleaning the ‘kink room’ after parties.
She’s out: Scott claims she voiced her concerns to Editor-in-Chief Tal Blevins (above) when he was hires in January 2017 and again on March 10 before being fired five days later
The sexual talk would get worse according to the complaint when drugs were being taken, with Mason and Freman accused of ‘micro-dosing’ and using marijuana at the office.
A ‘micro-dose’ involves taking a small amount of LSD, which some people believe makes individuals more productive by opening up their minds and increasing their focus.
Things were also problematic outside the office according to the complaint, with a male coworker inviting ‘prostitutes and strippers’ to an event the company held at a house in Los Angeles, where Mason allegedly kicked the ‘UplaodVR writers out of their bedroom so that he could use it to engage in sexual intercourse.’
Freeman is accused of doing the same thing at a party in San Jose, displacing Scott so he could engage in sexual intercourse according to the complaint.
Scott claims she voiced her concerns to Editor-in-Chief Tal Blevins when he was hired in January 2017 and again on March 10 before being fired five days later.