Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been placed on administrative leave. There have been allegations that he made racist and homophobic remarks about people including the Facebook Inc. founder’s wife. The Business Insider reported the incidence citing legal letters from the former household staff.
Liam Booth allegedly made the remarks about Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, and some of the employees at their household. Booth has been placed on leave while an outside investigation ensues, according to a spokesman for the Zuckerberg family. It didn’t confirm the precise nature of the allegations published by Business Insider. While little details are available, there seems to be a valid reason for an indication, at least.
“The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously,” the spokesman said. “The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm. And much so, after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel.”
Lisa Bloom of The Bloom Firm confirmed by email that she represents “the two individuals who have raised claims.” She declined to identify the people involved or share details on the allegations.
Booth is a former Secret Service officer, according to his LinkedIn profile. He didn’t immediately reply to a message outside of U.S. business hours. Former employees have previously accused Facebook of having a racially biased workspace, particularly impacting people of colour.