A lawsuit has been filed against Reddit by a former employee who alleges that she was terminated by the company due to alleged poor performance on the day she resumed work after a medical leave.
Over the years, Reddit has gained substantial popularity and boasts more than 1.5 billion active monthly users on its platform.
However, recent actions by subreddits on the platform led to a collective protest when Reddit announced significant price increases for its API, resulting in the closure of most third-party apps.
In another bout of controversy, Reddit faces legal trouble as a former employee, Jamie Lee, has taken legal action against the company. According to a report from The San Francisco Standard, Jamie Lee, a former Reddit accountant, filed a lawsuit against the internet company on August 28, 2023.
The lawsuit outlines that when Jamie informed her supervisor, Sung Hwang, about her medical leave of absence, he expressed resistance and voiced concerns about her absence from an important meeting in Los Angeles, emphasizing the significance of the company making “crucial decisions” during her absence.
The legal filing states that upon Jamie’s return from her medical leave on November 18, 2022, she was allegedly terminated by the same supervisor for purported “poor performance” on the very same day.
The complaint also highlights that Hwang had previously provided Jamie with positive performance evaluations and had even granted her the “highest raise” just one month prior.
In total, the lawsuit presented by Jamie Lee includes nine grievances against Reddit, encompassing various issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as accusations of defamation.