A former employee of Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the social media giant over allegations that she as well as other employees worked for over 40 hours per week without receiving overtime pay. According to the lawsuit, Facebook was able to skirt the overtime laws by having Susie Bigger and other workers classified as managers even though they didn’t have managerial power or responsibilities.
Per the lawsuit Bigger joined the social media giant four years ago but left earlier this year. Bigger was based in Chicago where she had a role in sales mainly involving assisting big advertisers to plan their ad campaigns. Lawyers for Bigger now want the case to be granted class-action status by the judge which would allow Bigger and her co-workers to sue in order to get compensated for lost wages. Facebook has indicated that it will defend itself against the claims.
U.S. presidential election
The lawsuit against Facebook comes in the wake of revelations that approximately 126 million users of the social network in the United States were exposed to content that was posted by operatives from Russia in the last 24 months. This is according to prepared testimony which the company submitted to a congressional judiciary committee before hearings this week.
According to the prepared testimony 120 Facebook pages which were backed by Russians created posts numbering over 80,000. Initially 29 million Americans received these posts directly but they were able to be disseminated to a bigger audience when users shared, liked and followed the posts.
“These actions run counter to Facebook’s mission of building community and everything we stand for. And we are determined to do everything we can to address this new threat,” the general counsel of Facebook, Colin Stretch, said.
The fake accounts which were used to create the posts have since then been closed and the malicious actors reported to the American law enforcement agencies. Besides the organic posts Russian-backed actors are also believed to be responsible for over 3,000 advertisements which were created with a view to tilting the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
Facebook is not the only platform that Russian-backed actors used to influence the election as Twitter and YouTube have also reported similar activity. Google for instance recently admitted that ads worth approximately $4,700 were bought by people who had suspicious ties to Russia. The tech giant also discovered that about 18 channels on its video-sharing website were linked to a disinformation campaign of the Kremlin.