Former Employee of Tech Startup Zillow Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit.

When a person is subjected to an endless tide of sexual advances in the workplace, there may be few options available to remedy the emotional strain that occurs as a result.  While it may seem like there is no escape from the harassment, you can get help.  Here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates, we know what it takes to get you the money damages that you deserve.  If you have been the victim of sexual harassment at your place of employment, your first step should always be to call one of our diligent and aggressive personal injury attorneys.  Please call 617-787-3700 or email to discuss the details of your potential claim in a free, confidential setting.  Your needs are our top priority!

When the term “sexual harassment” is used, thoughts of a bar or club may spring to mind.  These kinds of venues are known for unwanted advances of a sexual nature.  Thinking that these are the only kinds of places where sexual harassment takes place, however, would be a mistake.   In fact, one of the most common venues for sexual harassment is the workplace.  You wouldn’t necessarily believe it, but that is because the workplace environment can be fragile.  While some victims are able to escape the perpetrators by quitting their jobs, other victims choose not to report incidents of unwanted sexual advances out of fear of financial instability.  Sadly, they continue to endure this offensive treatment every day.

Just recently, a former employee of the tech startup company, Zillow, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Rachel Kremer was hired as a Sales Consultant for the online real estate company in 2012.  Although the company is based in Seattle, Ms. Kremer was employed in the Orange County, California office.  She was employed for just under two years.  After being let go by the company in early 2014, Ms. Kremer filed a lawsuit that alleged numerous sexual advances throughout her employment at Zillow.

According to Ms. Kremer, her job at Zillow was “sexual torture” and that her office was akin to a “frat house.”  She cites numerous text messages and voicemails in her lawsuit that point out a specific perpetrator, who was her supervisor at the Orange County office.  Gabe Schmidt, the supervisor, allegedly sent lewd text messages to her, asking her to have sex with him, and asking her to send him pictures of her breasts in exchange for company passwords.  Ms. Kremer also describes an instance in which a new woman, also named Rachel, was hired in the Sales Department.  Allegedly, the male workers in the office joked with her that the new hire was “Rachel 2.0, with bigger boobs and less mileage on her.”  Shortly after these insults, Ms. Kremer was terminated.  She claims that Zillow fired her without warning, and did so under the pretense that her sales numbers were inadequate.  Her lawsuit is currently pending in a California state court.

If you or a loved one has suffered through episodes of sexual harassment in the workplace, contact our Massachusetts sexual assault attorneys today.  Pursuing a sexual harassment lawsuit can be a harrowing ordeal without an expert attorney by your side.  Make sure that you are fully prepared to seek justice against your employer, and enlist the aid of one of our esteemed professional lawyers today.  Call us at 617-787-3700, 24/7, or email us at

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