Hackers Got a Woman Fired by a Startup After She Called Out Sexual Harassment?
Ok this is biased but there is a rebuttal
Today in the tech world's warped view of gender "norms": The cloud-based e-mail service SendGrid just fired Adria Richards, apparently for speaking out about sexual harassment after hackers made it clear they didn't approve of her complaining.
The termination apparently came as the result of an unknown group of people — presumably men — who descended on the SendGrid website following an incident in which Richards, a (former) developer relations "evangelist," called out a man who made what she deemed sexist remarks during a presentation at PyCon, a conference for Python coders. She sent out the following tweet in addition to a post she wrote on her personal site.
One of the men in that photo ended up getting fired for his "dongle" joke. Though, he claims, "the sexual context was applied by Adria," with regards to the "forking" jab. Since a certain type Internet crowd hates the idea of losing anonymity at the expense of sexist remarks — creepshots, anyone? — hackers shut down her employer's website. As a result and for similar reasons, SendGrid started losing some customers, like one person who tweeted: "Canceled my accout with
@sendgrid today. I cannot do business with someone who supports a woman who gets a father fired over a joke #freedom." In addition, Richards also received a barrage of threats on Twitter. All of that seems to have resulted in the termination of Richards.
SendGrid says it will release more information on the decision today. Perhaps it "terminated" Richards's employment for other reasons. But it sure looks like she got fired because SendGrid was losing too much credibility in the very male-heavy developer community, which: Ugh. VentureBeat's John Kostler justifies SendGrid's move, saying: "There is legitimate concern over the public outing of a developer for what even by Richards’ account are fairly innocuous jokes." Except, well, she didn't appear to "out him" so much as he outed himself by saying inappropriate things out loud and at a very public event. Perhaps he didn't deserve to get fired for those remarks, but that's up to his employer. Richards merely pointed out to a larger audience what this guy said in public.
However from the other side ....
Quoting from comments:
Your piece is incredibly biased. What actually happened is that she overheard a joke in a private conversation that was not even sexist (she mistakenly ascribed sexist meaning to it), she then made a picture of the guys without their consent and posted it on Twitter (this is ACTUALLY against the conference rules FYI) to publicly humiliate them. Even that was not enough for her, she then called organisers to throw them out. Organisers of course believed her that the joke was sexist at the time (female privilege?) so they asked them to leave. One of them lost his job later because of it (a father of three). The last straw was her incredibly arrogant blog and tweets, comparing herself to brave Joan from Arc for this whole immature tantrum over a silly joke. Add her racist tweets to the mix and you can understand why people became upset.
First, can it be harasseement when you eavsdrop on a private conversation?
Second, does this type of article do more harm than good all things considered?