'I can’t afford to buy groceries': Yelp employee fired for public letter to the CEO
February 22, 2016 - Uncategorized
One of the perks of Silicon Valley work culture is a stocked kitchen. But as convenient as free cereal and peaches may be, they are no substitute for getting paid enough to buy groceries.
At least, that’s how former Yelp employee Talia Jane felt. On Friday, she wrote a blog post on Medium addressed to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman that detailed her low pay and struggle to afford both her rent and groceries in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. A few hours later, she was fired.
“I haven’t bought groceries since I started this job,” Jane wrote in her “Dear Jeremy” post. “Bread is a luxury to me, even though you’ve got a whole fridge full of it on the 8th floor. But we’re not allowed to take any of that home because it’s for at-work eating.” Read more…