When you can’t force your employees to starve for your company, the next-best thing is to leave them jobless, apparently.

On Friday night, Talia Jane, a employee at the customer support section of Yelp and the delivery site Eat24, published an essay on Medium explaining how little she was paid, and how she couldn’t afford to buy groceries or heat her apartment on her $8.15 an hour salary.

The essay was addressed to Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s co-founder and CEO:


Shortly after posting the piece, Jane’s corporate email account was disabled. She soon found out she’d been fired.


Jane recounted her firing in a message to Gawker:

“I found out before my manager did. About two hours after I posted the letter, my phone vibrated but didn’t have a notification—my mailbox does this sometimes, I don’t know why, so I checked my inbox for all my linked email accounts...That’s when I knew, because they terminate all your access to the system before you come into work. So I called my manager and told him I got fired. He didn’t know what I was talking about and said he’d call me back after he looked into it. He called me back a few minutes later and told me someone from HR was there with him.”

Stoppelman did address the essay on Twitter Saturday, asking the “Twitter army” to “put down your pitchforks.”

Interestingly enough, while Stoppelman found the time to bemoan the high cost of living in San Francisco, he didn’t touch upon the fact that his company won’t pay its employees enough to live there.

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