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Woman Publicly Fired For Tweeting About "Sexual Jokes"

When Adria Richards was fired for complaining about sexually inappropriate comments at a tech conference the internet erupted. And now it looks like internet activists are attacking the people involved.

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Adria Richards, developer evangelist for SendGrid, an email infrastructure company, was allegedly terminated Thursday for tweeting about sexually inappropriate comments during a company conference.

Richards' wrote about the incident on her blog:

A few minutes later, one of the PyCon staff member approached to the left. I stood up, went outside to talk with him and explain the situation with a few of the other PyCon staff. They had seen my tweet. After explaining, they wanted to pull the people in question from the main ballroom. I walked back in with the PyCon staff and point them out one by one and they were escorted to the hallway.

As I walked back to my seat, I cannot tell you how proud I was of the PyCon and Python community at the very moment for keeping their word to make the conference a safe place to be. A bit shaken, I took my seat to continue watching the lightning talks. I sent an updated tweet that the situation was being dealt with and later on, PyCon tweeted they had addressed the issue

The two men ejected from the conference worked for a company called PlayHaven. In an online statement, Playhaven confirmed one of the employees had been fired as a result of the PyCon incident:

PlayHaven had an employee who was identified as making inappropriate comments at PyCon, and 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. We value and protect the privacy of our employees, both past and present, and we will not comment on all the factors that contributed to our parting ways.

(h/t Jessica Valenti)

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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