As they have many times before, tech workers are once again taking a stand against controversial company policies and wishy-washy managerial strategies. This time, employees of decades-old software company Basecamp are quitting in protest of what one employee called a “tantrum” by management.
After a week of controversy that exposed racially insensitive actions that had carried on for years, and what staffers perceived as management’s discomfort with addressing them, multiple employees announced on Twitter that they were leaving Basecamp for good.
On a company chat forum over the past year, employees had reportedly wanted to reckon with a legacy message board, started in 2009, in which sales reps kept track of customers’ “funny names.” You know, ridiculing an important part of a person’s identity. For the lulz.
Long-time tech journalist Casey Newton, who writes the substack Platformer, first