Aurora: DEFCON: Why conference harassment matters
Posted Aug 15, 2012 19:58 UTC (Wed) by perlwolf
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Many decades ago, I worked for a large company which no longer exists. They had a policy that spouses could not both be employees of the company.
When two particular people (one of whom I knew) were about to get married, their managers gave congratulations. Then the manager of the woman, a keypunch operator (I said it was decades ago), told her that she would have to leave the company. Her fiancee, the lead developer of the company's only commercial software product, went to his manager and explained that he could find another job more easily than she could, so he was going to give notice. The policy quickly changed and both of them stayed with the company. (I don't think they had any bad feelings in the end, but simply realized that a good-intentioned policy had fatal flaws, and they had done their part in getting the flaws recognized.) The automatic assumption that it was the woman who would have to leave the company was definitely a part of the mindset in those days, and it it still around in many forms.
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