Female CEO accused of sexual harrassment

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    Attorney's are paid to defend, and for good or bad, it often means making ridiculous arguments in said defense.

    Here's a take on it from a lawyer who blogs about such issues.

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    Yep. Attorney just doing what attorney's do. Reminds me of the "affluenza" case. No matter what you think of it, gotta give cudos for creativity.


    BTW. Best show on FOX. Only one I'll watch for more than a minute.
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    You don't need to be a protected class to be harassed, just gets you less stringent constitutional scrutiny.

    Lawyers being lawyers...........

    Remember the Demi Moore movie?
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    Clearly a case of Penis Envy. Somebody call Freud for a consultation.
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    Lol... "Penis envy..."
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    Wonder if that kind of reply would have put them in the unemployment line?
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    One man did lose his job last Spring after he was overheard making a joke with another about a 'dongle' at a trade show convention. The joke was overheard by a woman sitting in the row ahead of the men and she complained. It got really ugly as I recall. She worked for another company but I think she ended up losing her job as well.

    I'll see if I can find details as my memory is sketchy.
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    The lesson here: Don't be so damn petty.
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    what is a dongle
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    You get them with certain programs you purchase.
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    http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-dongle-joke-that-spiraled-way-out-of-control/

    A Dongle Joke That Spiraled Way Out Of Control

    In an age of blogs, tweets, Hacker News, Reddit and Anonymous, an off-the-cuff joke can spin wildly out of control.

    At least it appears that’s what happened with PyCon this week when a sexual joke led to some very public firings, a virulent debate about women in technology, another virulent debate about public shaming, and now, a DDOS attack.

    So here’s what happened:

    1) While sitting in the 10th row of a Python programming conference, a developer who used to work for mobile monetization startup Playhaven apparently made a joke about “big” dongles and “forking someone’s repo.”

    2) Adria Richards, a developer evangelist sitting in front of them, called them out on Twitter and in a blog post for making the conference environment unwelcoming toward women. PyCon then escorted them out to the hallway.

    “Women in technology need consistant [sic] messaging from birth through retirement they are welcome, competent and valued in the industry,” she explained in a blog post.

    3) Shortly afterward, Playhaven said it had fired the developer. CEO Andy Yang explained, “As a company that is dedicated to gender equality and values honorable behavior, we conducted a thorough investigation. The result of this investigation led to the unfortunate outcome of having to let this employee go.” He added that the employee wasn’t Alex Reid, who is the guy looking straight at the camera in Richards’ tweeted photo. Reid still works for Playhaven.

    4) The unnamed fired employee showed up on Hacker News by the name of “mr-hank” and apologized for the joke.

    I really did not mean to offend anyone and I really do regret the comment and how it made Adria feel. She had every right to report me to staff, and I defend her position. However, there is another side to this story. While I did make a big dongle joke about a fictional piece hardware that identified as male, no sexual jokes were made about forking. My friends and I had decided forking someone’s repo is a new form of flattery (the highest form being implementation) and we were excited about one of the presenters projects; a friend said “I would fork that guys repo” The sexual context was applied by Adria, and not us.

    My second comment is this, Adria has an audience and is a successful person of the media. Just check out her web page linked in her twitter account, her hard work and social activism speaks for itself. With that great power and reach comes responsibility. As a result of the picture she took I was let go from my job today. Which sucks because I have 3 kids and I really liked that job.

    She gave me no warning, she smiled while she snapped the pic and sealed my fate. Let this serve as a message to everyone, our actions and words, big or small, can have a serious impact.


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    The article goes into further detail and Adria Richards also eventually lost her job over the incident.
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    USB device typically.

    Right up there with "Corn Hole" on the list of products that desperately could have used a good Ad Agency at their creation.
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    Wonder if she needs her butt wiped every time she goes potty too?
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    I was sexually harrassed a few times by a former boss. Nothing will make you feel ickyer than having to spurn someone's sexual advances that have absolutely zero attraction to. I was WAY out of her league ( :) ), but her position made her think I would do her because I have a dongle.

    One of the very few things I go zero tolerance on.

    That said, this woman is a tool and I am glad she was fired. The guy didn't deserve such.
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    I can't walk down the freakin' street without woman hitting on me. I should get used to it, looking like I do. But it gets old, man. It gets real old.
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    I was sexually harassed at a prior employer. Frankly, I needed the job, so I grew thicker skin. A couple of years later I left the job.

    I think it's BS that women will hide behind the "well it's a white guy" garbage. If you want equality, you need to have the same penalties men to. You abuse your power, you need to pay the price. Period.
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    if a hr rep walked into just about any professional kitchen their hair would catch on fire. it's rampant from both sexes
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    The litigation is much more than just a sexual harassment lawsuit, it may very well determine who ends up with control of the company. Nancy Silberkleit, the CEO is apparently a nutcake and ended up as co-CEO of the company only because her late husband was the son of one of the co-founders. The real story is far more interesting and bizarre than the way it's being portrayed by the right-wing press as a simple sexual harassment case.

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48257

    Interestingly although she is the defendant in the most recent lawsuit, she was the plaintiff in an earlier suit alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment.
    http://robot6.comicbookresources.co...ies-silberkleit-files-sexual-harassment-suit/

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