IP Atty Says Jawbone Fired Her To Protect Sexist Exec.

Law360, Los Angeles (April 3, 2015, 4:20 PM EDT) -- A patent attorney has sued Jawbone maker AliphCom in California court alleging the company fired her last year for complaining about an executive's demeaning treatment of women, the latest Silicon Valley sex-bias suit to follow Ellen Pao's trial against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC.

Attorney Elisabeth Sussex's complaint, filed in San Francisco on Wednesday, alleged Jawbone — which makes popular Bluetooth speakers, mobile headsets and health monitors — allowed its Chief Technology Officer Michael Luna to treat female employees in a demeaning and abusive manner with impunity.

Sussex alleged that Luna, her immediate supervisor, had a track record of treating...

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