Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment during WeWork Summit in Sussex
WeWork, the shared office space company valued at US$20bn, is being sued by a former director for sexual harassment at one of the company’s summer retreats in East Sussex.
WeWork provides shared office space around the world and has brought its hipster culture to the once-dull world of serviced offices.
The company is reportedly the largest occupier of office space in London aside from the government.
In a report in The Times newspaper, Ruby Anaya is named as the director in question involved in the lawsuit claim.
The report notes the company spends upwards of US$20m on summer camp events which the lawsuit alleges reflect a “frat-boy culture that starts at the top”.
The harassment is alleged to hav e occurred at a Summer Camp on the Eridge Park estate. The venue has not commented on the alleged incident.
The Times said Anaya also alleged a second incident had occurred in New York, involving a male employee at an annual Summit.
The legal action is said to state that other employees had commented that “it’s only a matter of time until someone gets raped” at one of WeWorks’ events.
Anaya has subsequently been sacked and WeWork is quoted as saying the claim against the company “are meritless”. It is fighting the lawsuit and claims Anaya was sacked because of her poor performance.
WeWork has 270,000 members in 73 cities and its tenants include KPMG, Microsoft and Dell.