Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, who has been accused of stealing commerce secrets and techniques from former employer Waymo, may need thought issues couldn’t get a lot worse. However a brand new lawsuit filed by Levandowski’s former nanny means that the precise reverse is true.
The truth is, a lot of the nanny’s lawsuit — filed by a private damage lawyer in Honest Oaks, Calif., and rife with complaints, together with of a retaliatory and hostile work setting, age discrimination, failure to pay wages, and different labor and well being code violations — reads quite like a concerted try to spoil Levandowski, given what are arguably a whole lot of extraneous particulars.
For instance, the go well with cites with little certainty the names and jobs of people that had been mentioned throughout household dinner conversations in an effort to color an image of Levandowski’s work life, which the nanny seemed to be making an attempt to doc carefully, starting final February.
It additionally makes an attempt to doc who visited Levandowski’s house all through the nanny’s employment with Levandowski’s household, which started in late 2016 and ended roughly six months later.
Different, maybe extra relevant observations of the previous nanny, Erika Wong, embrace her unhappiness with Levandowski’s requests that she let his sons cry themselves to sleep every so often, and recollections sure to embarrass him, together with the “varied sized flesh coloured dildos” together with “nipple clamps, black with torture adjustable settings,” discovered by certainly one of his youngsters after he opened a dresser drawer in Levandowski’s bed room.
Wong — who, in accordance with her lawsuit, labored briefly for a regulation agency that specialised in staff compensation — additionally took copious notes about Lewandowski’s comings and goings and what he was bringing into his house.
Right here’s one scene outlined within the submitting that allegedly occurred the night of February 23, 2017:
Wong arrived within the early night and Levandowski was on the telephone. Wong was talking to an lawyer, she alleges was Ehrlich for a number of hours. She observed Levandowski was profusely sweating and strolling round in circles in the lounge. Wong sat on the eating desk, near Levandowski.
Levandowski screamed “Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!” all night. He acknowledged, “How might they do that to me?” “Miles, what concerning the clause, you and Abby stated this could work!! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! “What do I do with the discs? What do the contracts say?? Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!” What about Ognen, John, Izzy, and Wealthy Bender? All of you stated all stated this could work!!! Shit! Shit! Shit!” It’s all mine, the cash, the offers, it’s all mine. What about ‘the shit?’ These are all my fucking offers!!! All of you fucking attorneys and Randy stated this could work!”
Wong additional describes in her lawsuit Levandowski coming house with former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, his then boss, at which level she says Levandowski introduced into his house:
. . .A copper wiring gadget made up of roughly 60 intertwined particular person copper wirings, wrapped in thick yellow rubber that had a serial quantity on it. There was additionally a big flat lid that had holes on all the perimeters, a big metal screw, and hexagonal metal washer (heavy, palm dimension). Wong alleges the washer and screw are just like these used on circuit boards, to maintain from coming free from “vibrations.”
Her go well with additionally notes that Levandowski additionally introduced house:
. . . a white bucket that contained circuit boards, gadgets associated to circuit boards and varied reflective lenses.
Wired was first to flag the submitting, and a number of other retailers protecting the lawsuit recommend that Wong’s claims elevate new questions on Levandowski’s enterprise conduct.
We don’t have a horse on this race, however we expect that’s in all probability giving it an excessive amount of credit score, given the standard of go well with, which, notably, is in search of damages of greater than $6 million. (The Register has equally known as the submitting a “sueball” that reads “like a stream of consciousness or a collection of unexpectedly scribbled notes typed out one after the opposite.”)
Both approach, the salacious particulars are doubtless the very last thing that Levandowski wants proper now. The previous Uber engineer is already on the heart of a now yearlong battle between Uber and Levandowski’s former employer, Waymo.
The truth is, the 2 sides will meet in the end in a courtroom subsequent month to duke it out.
As these following the drama nicely know already, a 12 months in the past, Waymo, the autonomous automotive firm as soon as often known as Google’s self-driving automotive outfit, introduced it was suing Uber for trade-secret theft.
Extra particularly, Waymo accused Levandowski of downloading 14,000 secret paperwork as he was leaving the corporate to be able to launch his personal self-driving truck startup, Otto, in early 2016. 9 months later, Uber acquired Otto for a reported $680 million, and Waymo believes that Uber was complicit from the outset in what it claims is commerce theft.
Levandowski has denied any wrongdoing. Uber has additionally denied any wrongdoing, regardless of former supervisor on the corporate’s company surveillance group instructed federal prosecutors late final 12 months of a secret messaging system designed to “destroy communications that is likely to be thought-about delicate.”
You may take a look at Wong’s lawsuit under.
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