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Docker CEO: ‘We Do Not Tolerate Harassment’

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Docker does not put up with harassment of any kind, chief executive Ben Golub said last week in a statement issued to the company’s Twitter feed.

He was responding to a claim, also made on Twitter (TWTR) by a third party, that a prominent female engineer at Docker left because of harassment.

The engineer in question, Jessie Frazelle, left Docker (according to a Twitter post) on March 18 to join Mesosphere. Since that time, she has remained mum on the topic of her departure. Reached via (what else?) Twitter, Frazelle had no comment for this story. Docker had no additional comment.

Then on April 22, the same day Docker issued Golub’s statement, this from Frazelle:

According to Golub’s post (shown below), Frazelle remains on good terms with the company. He did note that she had been subjected to harassment from “the community” and Docker hired private investigators and contacted the police to look into it.

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Unfortunately, tales of sexual harassment, as well as discrimination based on age and/or race, are not new in the young-white-male-dominated arena that is Silicon Valley and other tech hotbeds.

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Other tech companies including Github, Chef, and very recently Gravity4 have been hit by allegations of harassment. Dan Lyons’ book “Disrupted”—excerpted here—shows tech to be not particularly, um, welcoming, of older male workers either.

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All of those examples, along with the problem that is GamerGate, show tech as a not-very-hospitable place for those who are not young and white and male.

This story was updated at 8:10 p.m. EDT with Frazelle’s April 22 comment on Twitter.