Former Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) product manager Antonio Garcia Martinez says that her former employee did not allow women to wear the clothes of their choices, as the Human Resource Manager reprimanded women for wearing what he called ‘distracting clothes’. Martinez was laid off by Facebook after two years of service, and his book about his life at work explains the good, the bad and the ugly in Silicon Valley, his previous place of work.
The Facebook workplace is biased, says Martinez
Martinez compares the Facebook’s working place to North Korea, claiming that his former employer is biased against women. Women who wore distractive clothing met the wrath of the HR, who was male. His female counterpart surprisingly concurred with him, and the working environment was consequently not free and fair. He also pointed an accusing finger to the policy on asking out co-workers on dates. Facebook is not alone in gender bias, as its technology counterparts still show male dominance in various aspects. In particular, 68% of its employees are male.
Mark Zuckerberg is also bad-mouthed in Martinez’s book. He is described as a bad-tempered autocrat. He particularly condemned the way the CEO of the social network giant addressed his employees rudely. On the other hand, Martinez says that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer is one of the most adversely affected employees by this bias. In fact, she has started the “Lean In” campaign to change the male-dominated environment.
Martinez’s Facebook employment summary
During his two year stint at Facebook where his specialization was targeted advertisements, Martinez explains that he had several unprotected sex encounters with women colleagues. He was lucky not to impregnate any of them before he left.
Facebook has not responded to these claims. It is also quite likely that Facebook employees will not get access to Martinez first book, Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley.
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