GitHub puts co-founder on leave after harassment claims

GitHub is the latest tech company to be accused of turning a blind eye to ongoing gender discrimination in the workplace.

After last week's departure of engineer Julie Ann Horvath, who detailed the sexism she said she experienced at GitHub in an interview with TechCrunch, the company has put the alleged offenders on leave.

"This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation," GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath wrote in a blog post on Sunday. "I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It'… Read more

Tech sector hiring more women, data shows... or is it?

Though women's battle for equal pay rages on (thanks Batgirl; see the video below), a new government study suggests tech companies are seeing past gender bias and hiring more women than men.

According to Dice.com, which reported on data out this week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 60,000 new jobs in the tech industry, 60 percent of the positions went to women.

"Companies have been focusing on getting more women into technology for a long time," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, said. "This year those efforts appear to be paying off … Read more

Apple's Tim Cook urges Senate vote on workplace equality

Apple CEO Tim cook is calling on Congress to pass a bill that seeks to offer protection against workplace policies and practices that create disadvantages based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In an op-ed piece published online Sunday by The Wall Street Journal, Cook urges the Senate to support the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, and calls on the House of Representatives to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

The bill, S. 815, is reportedly up for a vote in the Senate on Monday.

ENDA seeks to extend to gay, lesbian, and transgender workers the federal … Read more

Ellen Pao says she has been fired by Kleiner Perkins

Last updated: 11:25 a.m. PT

Ellen Pao, the junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who filed a lawsuit earlier this year against her employer alleging gender discrimination and retaliation, has been fired from the Silicon Valley VC, she announced late Tuesday.

"I have been terminated from my job at KPCB," she said in a statement on Q&A site Quora. "On Monday afternoon, senior management told me to clean out my office, leave, and not come back."

Pao's allegation was included in an updated response to a Quora user's … Read more

Judge: Home Depot went too far in seeking worker's social posts

A federal judge in California has rejected Home Depot's attempt to gain broad access to Facebook, Twitter, and other social-network posts made by a former employee who sued the retailer two years ago.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Suzanne Segal ruled this month that the big box retailer had the rights only to "social-networking communications between plaintiff and any current or former Home Depot employees" that relate to her employment or the lawsuit.

The suit was filed by Danielle Mailhoit, previously a manager of Home Depot's Burbank, Calif., store, who was fired after a 2010 investigation of … Read more

Judge tentatively nixes arbitration in Kleiner Perkins sexism lawsuit

The venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was tentatively denied its request for arbitration in the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by junior partner Ellen Pao.

According to Reuters, Judge Harold Kahn made a preliminary ruling today that the case should continue to go through the courts rather than be moved to third-party arbitration, which the firm requested last month.

"There is no arbitration agreement between plaintiff and defendant," Kahn wrote in his initial ruling, according to Reuters.

Kleiner Perkins, in a statement, said it believes it has strong arguments and precedent to move the matter to … Read more

Kleiner Perkins denies Ellen Pao's harassment complaint

Kleiner Perkins filed a seven-page response that denied the gender discrimination and retaliation charges brought by junior partner Ellen Pao in a lawsuit last month, stating that her complaints were "without merit."

In other words, Kleiner Perkins has made good on its promise to "vigorously defend our reputation," as Kleiner's senior partner John Doerr said in a statement last month.

The issue at hand is a gender discrimination complaint that junior partner Ellen Pao filed against the venture capital firm in the Superior Court of California on May 10. The complaint alleges that Pao endured … Read more

Kleiner's Ellen Pao doesn't quit despite the lawsuit

After weeks of dodging the press about the gender discrimination lawsuit she filed against her employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Ellen Pao says she doesn't plan on quitting the venture capital firm.

This news doesn't come by the way of the press, however. Instead, Pao quietly made the announcement on the Web site Quora, according to TechCrunch, which first reported this news.

Yesterday, a Quora user posted the question, "Did Ellen Pao quit KPCB after the lawsuit?" and under her own account name Pao replied "No, and I don't plan to quit."… Read more

Partner sues Kleiner Perkins for gender discrimination

A female junior partner has sued the venerable Silicon Valley VC firm Kleiner Perkins for alleged gender discrimination, saying she suffered retaliation for rebuffing sexual advances. (See the full complaint below.)

In a complaint filed May 10 in the Superior Court of California, Ellen Pao outlined more than five years of such behavior on the part of the firm's senior partners. Pao, a San Francisco resident, is alleging the company discriminated against her and other female employees when it came to promotions and pay.

According to the complaint, Pao lists 20 other female employees, known as Jane Does throughout … Read more

Twitter user in Brazil gets prison sentence for 'inciting prejudice'

A former law student was slapped with a 17-month prison sentence in Brazil's federal court today for using Twitter to "incite prejudice and discrimination" against people from the northeast of the country, according to the Associated Press.

The infraction dates back to November 2010, days after Dilma Rousseff was voted in as Brazil's new president. Angered by the left-wing president's win that was said to have been carried by a majority of votes from residents in the northeast, Mayara Petruso sent out a tweet encouraging people to go kill Brazilians in that part of the … Read more