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Racism allegations by former employee of Squarespace

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2016 | Workplace Discrimination |

Maryland residents might use Squarespace for their tech needs in building websites for business or personal activities. The company began in 2004, and it has been quite successful in growing as a business, raising nearly $80 million in funds from a variety of investors. However, a former customer care employee has published an article alleging that the organization has many problems with discrimination, especially through sexism and racism.

The former employee in question is a black woman who worked with Squarespace from 2011 to 2014. Her dismissal followed an incident that reportedly occurred at a bar, where she slapped a co-worker who allegedly touched her. A subsequent discrimination lawsuit filed by the woman was dismissed because of an error in her allegations. She reported that she was required to sign a severance agreement right away, but she actually had a 24-hour period to review the document. The employee indicates that she erred in her memory related to the issue.

In spite of the dismissed lawsuit, the former employee indicates that racism was a serious issue during her time with the company. Her online article notes a specific instance of alleged overt racism by a customer care vice president. Another reported Squarespace employee’s comments on the article suggest that this individual also dealt with a negative work environment during her tenure at the company as well. Company ratings on Glassdoor, a website that helps to connect companies and potential workers, indicates that employee sentiment about Squarespace ranges greatly.

A terminated worker might consider filing a discrimination claim with the assistance of an attorney if the dismissal was related to issues such as race, religion or gender. Documentation of examples of such discrimination prior to the termination could provide helpful support for such a claim.