USA: Facebook engineer reportedly fired for speaking out about colleague's suicide and precarious conditions of Chinese workers

Author: Lauren Kaori Gurley, VICE, Published on: 22 October 2019

"'Do Not Discuss the Incident,' Facebook Told Employee Fired After Speaking About Worker Suicide", 21 October 2019

Yi Yin, a Facebook engineer who was fired days after speaking to the media about an employee who killed himself, says that he wanted to stand up for Chinese engineers at the company who feel silenced because of their precarious visa status...

...Since Chen’s suicide...Facebook employees have started posting online about the mistreatment of international workers at the company...the Chinese community in Silicon Valley responded...by organizing a protest and memorial...at Facebook’s headquarters...

... Yin...believes...that Chen was bullied by his manager at Facebook and given an unfair performance review. ...

...The day after the protest...a Facebook human resources manager wrote to Yin...“To respect the privacy of the employee and his family please do not discuss the incident with anyone especially outside the company"...Days later, Yin received a “final” warning...

... Facebook told CNBC ...“This employee was not fired for joining a protest or talking about the recent tragedy on our campus. He was here for a matter of weeks, and showed poor judgement in a string of policy violations. We won’t stand for our employees intimidating one another...We won’t get into the specifics of confidential, internal conversations.”...

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