Computer giant Apple has been hit with a $40m racial discrimination lawsuit by an African American employee who claims he was unfairly dismissed.
Attorneys have labelled the case as one of the largest racial discrimination cases in US history.
The suit alleges that the former Apple employee was denied promotions and standard perks and fired for a trivial offence.
According to the suit, the plaintiff was fired in July for bringing a friend onto the Apple campus where he worked as a product design engineer, to encourage him to pursue further education.
The suit also alleges that Dan Riccio, the plaintiff's supervisor had moved him out to a separate cubicle away from the rest of his group for no reason.
The lawsuit was filed just days before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said that it would be meeting this week to look at racism in cyberspace.
An announcement from PACE said the Standing Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will meet in Strasbourg on Thursday 8 November to 'debate a report on racism and xenophobia in cyberspace' (Doc. 9263), which reiterates the Assembly's call for the preparation of a protocol to the Cybercrime Convention outlawing racist websites and "hate speech" on the Internet, including "unlawful hosting".
Preliminary statements released by the Assembly consider "racism not as an opinion but as a crime" and ask that it be specified how racist sites can be eliminated from the Internet and how the effective prosecution of those responsible can be encouraged.
The full report can be found here.
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