Ellen Pao Verdict: Rewards Silicon Valley’s Retaliation, Racism & Sexism
UPDATED July 23, 2015 (middle) Twitter says a fraternity house-themed party thrown by employees was “in poor taste” and helping Tina Huang’s case against Twitter.
July 10, 2015
Pao told Re/Code’s Kara Swisher that it was “mutual decision” and that she had “not” been fired.
People don’t usually “mutually” decide and it’s likely she was given the choice to step down or get terminated-not exactly a “mutual decision.”
March 27, 2015
The Sociopathic Business Model™ maintains that if a company is willing to overlook an employee’s EEOC rights then they’re much more likely to engage in far greater unethical and or illegal activity. The three main EEOC violations are: retaliation, race and sex discrimination. Last week it was discussed that male dominated fields not only engage in sexist activity against their female co-workers many companys encourage, replicate and reward males who engage on that activity on behalf of the company, which was my personal experience working for a male dominated startup based in Menlo Park, CA.
Today, a San Francisco jury found in favor of employer VC Group Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the case where former employee Ellen Pao claimed sex discrimination that lead to her termination (retaliation).
Today’s verdict rewards Silicon Valley’s well documented history of men behaving badly and again will only encourage, replicate and reward future crimes against women; however, the one positive from Ms. Pao’s case is that it’s encouraged other women to come forward:
In a sign that the struggle over the place of women in Silicon Valley is only beginning, gender discrimination suits have recently been filed against two prominent companies, Facebook and Twitter.
The suit against Twitter, by a former engineer, Tina Huang, claims that the process for promotion is not clear and is biased in favor of men, a claim that Ms. Pao also made about Kleiner. The suit seeks class-action status. Twitter said in a statement that it was committed “to a diverse and supportive workplace.”
UPDATED July 23, 2015 This should help Tina Huang’s case
— CNBC (@CNBC) July 23, 2015
The suit against Facebook is narrower. Chia Hong, a former manager, says she was “discriminated against, harassed, and retaliated against” because of her sex and race, culminating in her termination. Ms. Hong is represented by Lawless & Lawless, one of the firms representing Ms. Pao. Facebook has said that it works “extremely hard” on diversity and believes that it treated the employee in question fairly. New York Times
The only way we’ll get men to come forward in these cases to defend their female co-workers is when they realize that all accomplices eventually become victims and it’s not a matter of if it’s when. The same can be said for investors & perhaps it will take uncovering a far bigger crime (such as fraud) that damages a larger subsection of people that will finally encourage others to speak out against corrupt companies. And even though the jury found in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, I have enough information to know that I’d never do business with them nor would I encourage clients to do business with them. And true to form Twitter trolls ( white males/shocking, right?) Some informed me they weren’t white-sure. I can’t write or speak of racism as it relates to the workforce from a personal experience because I am white. I know it exists but I cannot speak to the struggle. Just like males (working in a male dominated field)* can’t speak about sexism as it relates to them in the workforce since they’re the ones actually committing the crimes against women. And yet this group of Twitter men had a lot to say: *Please see comment section below. Enter Robert Stacy McCain Well I take someone who wrote Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature calling me a kook as a compliment. (Is it too much of stretch to think this guy has sex trouble?-yep didn’t think it was a stretch either).
Well who says there isn’t truth in advertising? Self proclaimed full time moron?
Again compliment as he’s not my target audience but a lot of people have outted themselves as
possible abusers on Twitter tonight. Somehow I don’t think that abuse just stops at Twitter either.
Donald Douglas apparently is not a white male (it’s ok my he woulda passed at my former companies)
And by “pass” I mean he’d have no problem abusing
(Thanks for making my point for me Donald Douglas-
Are becoming the#Abuse & #Sexism Twitter poster child?)
And if he’s trying to demean & insult (which it’s pretty obvious he is) my name is actually Melayna so no need for quotes I think what he’s “questioning” is if I’m a “lady,” one to the likes of which he’ll never know.
Donald Douglas’s action demonstrate a strong sense of insecurity in that he feels the need to pull in what he feels is a stronger male to defend from the bizzrro link. Pack mentality is common among insecure abusers.
I seriously doubt Donald Douglas understands that he just threatned someone…on Twitter.
Yes, the honest people seeking truth usually are HR’s biggest nightmare, as they should be.
Then Tony McLean tries to label me to make himself feel better when the word “lib” didn’t stick he had to go back to The Sociopathic Business Model™ tactic of trying to insult and demean. I’ll spare you the rest of this inspid go-round but I did mention I’d let them finish off this circle jerk (I think they’re used to stroking each-sex trouble!)
These guys aren’t my target audience and I know I’m on the right track when they continue to insult and demean:
Oh Robert Stacy McCain (the other white McCain) has got a bee in his bonnet now (and keeps making my point-over and over and over again), guess he’s not a fan of forced accountability but anyway -Thanks buddy-you’re making a great Case Study.
I did not mean this first statement to insult or demean @mosesmosesmoses but pointing out that workplace abuse is often missed.
Can someone hug @SeanTheProducr (and clearly not the Sean the speller) already?
That’s snarky as you inserted yourself into a conversation that was doing just fine without you.
As for the others they insulted & demeaned and I just forced accountability by using their own words to bite them.
Given the statistics on Navy abuse of women it would have been tough to imagine she didn’t experience any abuse.
Conditioned not to complain even if what’s happening is unethical & or illegal (is in fact abuse itself).
The Pentagon said in May 2013 that at least 26,000 service members said they were a target of unwanted sexual contact last year, but only 3,374 incidents were reported. Gawker Let me guess fear of reporting due to retaliation?
Oh so when I experience sexism I should just leave my job and go get married?
Please tell me that’s not what he’s suggesting!
I fear for humanity.