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The shocking Zillow sexual harassment allegations (NSFW PHOTOS)

On December 1st, 2014, Rachel Kremer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Zillow. Kremer started working for Zillow at the company’s Irvine, California office as an Inside Sales Consultant in June 2012. In her lawsuit, Kremer claims that Zillow had a culture of degrading women that was pervasive throughout Zillow’s leadership.

According to Kremer, her male supervisors ranked her according to her breast size, sent pictures of their penis to her, and demanded sexual gratification and obedience by Kremer to continue her employment. Kremer claims that Zillow executives bragged that the office culture led to more sexual encounters than Match.com and referred to the internal office directory as “Zinder,” named after the dating application Tinder.

By not participating in this alleged culture, Kremer felt she would be outcast and terminated. Eventually, after allegedly experiencing the most heinous acts of sexual harassment imaginable, Kremer was fired. Kremer claims that Zillow attempted to cover up their conduct by having her sign a confidentiality agreement and release.

The following are allegations about the “sexual torture she endured” that Kremer made in her lawsuit complaint:

Zillow management routinely and unapologetically subjected Ms. Kremer to despicable and inappropriate sexual conduct throughout Ms. Kremer’s employment.

Zillow management also directly targeted and propositioned Ms. Kremer on numerous occasions. These managers later retaliated against Ms. Kremer because she would not engage in sexual acts.

A few examples in the long list of unwelcome and disturbing sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • On or about August 6, 2014, Ms. Kremer received an email from Gabe Schmidt, her supervisor, with the subject line “Doc Johnson Mood Flirty Vibrator.” The body of the email contained an advertisement for an adult sex toy.
    • On or about December 27, 2012, Ms. Kremer sent a text message to Gabe Schmidt, requesting assistance in having her e-mail password reset. Mr. Schmidt responded: “Hy said he will reset your password for a boob picture.” Mr. Schmidt included a screen shot from Zillow IT employee Hy Lam.

Gabe Schmidt text message - Zillow sexual harassment lawsuit

    • On or about February 9, 2013, Mr. Schmidt invited Ms. Kremer to join him later that evening. The message reads: “Call me. Matt is showering. Thinking 333 dinner drink and your smooth vagina.” 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront is a popular restaurant in Newport Beach, California with an active late-night bar scene.

Gabe Schmidt text message - Zillow sexual harassment lawsuit

    • On or about February 17, 2013, Ms. Kremer received a text message from Mr. Schmidt which reads: “Wanna blow me and have sex tonight?”
    • On or about May 5, 2014, Ms. Kremer complained to Mr. Schmidt about the inappropriate conduct of a co-worker. Mr. Schmidt responded by saying: “You should mention something to Eddie. He won’t get fired. I would just tell Eddie to watch it. I wonder if he jerks it to your Salesforce picture when you’re not there.”
    • On or about December 29, 2012, Mr. Cody Fagnant (presumably using Mr. Schmidt’s phone) sent a series of text messages wherein Mr. Fagnant invited Ms. Kremer to join him that evening. One noteworthy excerpt from Mr. Fagnant reads: “I have a great opportunity that just opened up on my face in the 92660 market. Call me if you are interested. This is an exclusive position and won’t last long.”
    • On or about June 11, 2014, Mr. Schmidt sent a picture of his genitalia to Ms. Kremer with other lewd commentary.

Gabe Schmidt photo - Zillow sexual harassment lawsuit

Disturbingly, these types of communications from Zillow management were commonplace during Ms. Kremer’s employment. Indeed, the Zillow office culture in Southern California has been described as an “adult frat house” where sexual harassment and misconduct are normalized, condoned, and promoted by male managers.

For example, Mr. Fagnant would corner Ms. Kremer when he was belligerently drunk to tell her, “I want to fuck the shit out of you.” Mr. Fagnant made this statement once on July 26, 2013, and again on September 28, 2013.

In addition, male managers frequently engaged in sexual relations with female sales representatives. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that Mr. Fagnant was having sexual relations with a sales representative in Seattle.

Mr. Schmidt, who was Ms. Kremer’s supervisor, referred to a new employee as “Rachel 2.0,” since, as he explained, she was like “Rachel but with bigger breasts and less miles on her.”

During her employment with Zillow, Ms. Kremer successfully performed her duties and consistently met sales goals and other criteria established by Zillow. Ms. Kremer was recognized several times for excelling in the performance of her duties.

The hostile work environment and repeated instances of sexual harassment by Zillow management adversely impacted Ms. Kremer’s work performance, and in July and August 2014, she was unable to meet her stated sales goals.

On Friday, August 29, 2014, Ms. Kremer was informed by Edward Cornelious, John Boller and Justin Lejouie that her employment with Zillow was being terminated due to her failure to meet her sales goals for the two preceding months. Ms. Kremer was never provided any warning or given an opportunity to explain the decline in her work performance, which was completely inconsistent with Zillow’s own practices. In fact, another Zillow employee from Ms. Kremer’s hire class was not terminated even though the employee’s job performance was nearly identical to Ms. Kremer’s.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the U.S. District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

The shocking Zillow sexual harassment allegations (NSFW PHOTOS)
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