Former BitTorrent Employees Sue Justin Sun for $15mln, Alleging Racism
Tron blockchain founder and Tron Foundation CEO Justin Sun has been slapped with a case of labor rules infringement and torment by two ex-employees at BitTorrent, the P2P torrent platform purchased by the Foundation two years before.
Disclosed records submitted in California court indicates that plaintiffs Richard Hall, aged 50, and Lukasz Juraszek, aged 28, are demanding $15 million as restitution from Rainberry Inc. (the registered holding company of the Tron Foundation), Cong Li, head of engineering, and Justin Sun.
The plaintiffs’ charges are based on allegations of illegal dismissal, racism, adverse working environment, deception and whistleblower revenge, intimidation and unjust employment practices, inclusive of labor code infringement and impartial business processes.
Hall worked as product director at BitTorrent and the Tron Foundation spread over seven months until June 2019. Juraszek was employed as a programmer between February and August of the same period.
The 70-page case document claims that aforesaid ex-employees faced ill treatment because of their Caucasian origin and also their denial to keep quiet about their worries as to the legal aspect of some operations of the company, including supposed criminal breach of domestic and national rules related to copyrights and child obscenity.
The documents blame that both former staff faced enmity and vengeance for the reason that both do not “fit the profile.”
“The kind of worker that defendant Justin Sun sought: an employee who was mainland Chinese, would not object or “rock the boat” when they saw actual or potential illegal activity […] and who would work […] from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, six days a week […] without […] voicing any concerns about illegal, unethical, immoral or unscrupulous business activities.”
Hall alleges that he was removed from the job abruptly after continuous propaganda of prejudiced ill treatment against him by top administration for his denial to involve in what he believed to be “blatantly illegal, unethical and unscrupulous” operations.
Juraszek, who claims that he faced comparable abuse for his protests against some of the firm’s activities, additionally asserts that his removal from the job was planned by Li by supposedly instructing Juraszek’s chief to make him accountable for “impossibly high engineering standards” that he “could not possibly accomplish.”
Juraszek alleges that this harsh treatment happened in spite of receiving promotion with increase in pay for exceptional work performance. He further claims to have faced extreme pressure for raising objections to Rainberry’s supposedly “sordid and unethical” business ideas.
Both plaintiffs demand compensation for enmity and vengeance against them as informant, among other allegations. They blame Sun of wrongly representing himself as a budding, ambitious “whiz-kid” and mentee of the respected Alibaba founder Jack Ma, while he, according to plaintiffs, is involved in unlawful actions and cryptocurrency rigging for personal gains.
Sun officially responded to the plaintiffs’ claims on December 12, refusing “each and every material allegation” put forward in the case document and pointed out that his deeds as a boss were “non-discriminatory, non-harassing, non-retaliatory, reasonable, justified, privileged, done in good faith, and for legitimate, and lawful business purposes.”
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