A former Apple Computer employee is suing the company for discrimination, among other charges.

Shaune Patterson worked as a human resources compensation consultant and alleges she was suspended for one month and then wrongfully fired, after she complained that her white counterparts, who were junior to her, were making higher salaries than she was.

Patterson alleges that the suspension came one day after she complained of racial discrimination.

Earlier this month, she also amended her original complaint to include claims of sexual orientation and genetic characteristic discrimination. Prior to her one-month suspension, Patterson alleges that one of Apple's managers wrote a memo describing her as a "rather obese-sized black lesbian".

"Apple discounted my client's achievements, choosing to base the decision to discipline not on her performance, but rather on her size, race and sexual orientation," said Patterson's lawyer, Waukeen McCoy.

San Francisco-based lawyer, Waukeen McCoy was the lead plaintiffs' attorney in one of the largest US racial discrimination suits, Carroll v. Interstate Brands, which ended with a $133 million verdict in August 2000.