Rohan Marley, son of Reggae legend Bob Marley is facing a federal court case brought by his former employee, Chloe Villano, who accuses him of subjecting her to a hostile work environment and wrongful termination.
According to Villano’s allegations, Rohan engaged in Quid Pro Quo Harassment and demanded that she not have relationships with other men. The lawsuit portrays Rohan as an entrepreneur and lifestyle brand mogul trying to establish his own legacy, much like his famous father.
In response to the lawsuit filed against him, Rohan Marley’s representative vehemently denies the allegations and asserts their intention to vigorously defend him in court. They emphasize that the lawsuit lacks merit and rejects any suggestion of exploiting the family’s name. According to the representative, the termination of Chloe Villano, the ex-employee, was not illegal, and they expressed confidence that her claims will be dismissed due to the wealth of evidence they possess.
Villano’s lawsuit claims that Rohan was attempting to launch a cannabis-focused brand named “Lion Order,” but lacked the business aptitudes needed to succeed in the industry. Villano argues that by 2021, Lion Order was struggling and not making progress due to the absence of experienced personnel.
She further alleges that she met Rohan in 2019 and eventually agreed to work for him in 2021. However, she asserts experiencing exploitation, heartbreak, and abuse during employment. She claims she played a crucial role in positioning Lion Order for a successful launch but was subjected to gender-based harassment, verbal abuse, and disrespectful treatment by Rohan. When confronted about his behaviour, he reportedly responded inappropriately, leading to her termination the following day.
Villano claims that despite the business’s success, she did not profit from it. She is pursuing legal action and asking for a total of US$18.75 million in compensation for alleged Quid Pro Quo Harassment, Hostile Environment Harassment, and Wrongful Termination, all of which she believes violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act.