T-Mobile logoFive employees of T-Mobile are objecting publicly to T-Mobile CEO John Legere’s comments last week that AT&T and Verizon are “raping” wireless customers.

Legere apologized for the off-the-cuff comment last week, but in their post today on the site MomsRising.org, the five women say they aren’t buying it.

The post was written by T-Mobile employees Carolina Figueroa and Ashley Wells on behalf of themselves and their colleagues Victoria Singer, Candace Harrison and Amber Cornett. In their bios on the post, they identify themselves as union activists. The MomsRising site has partnered on various initiatives with the AFL-CIO, which is aiming to organize more T-Mobile employees.

Here’s an excerpt from the post.

Our CEO — the man who is representing us and our company — needs to know that he’s offended the hard-working women of T-Mobile. Being courteous to our customers is one of our highest priorities as customer service representatives. But what would happen if we ever swore on the phone? What would happen if we used the same rape metaphor in a conversation with a customer? That would certainly be our last day on the job. It’s not even a question. T-Mobile would escort us to the door — and rightfully so.

We don’t really think he’s sorry, despite his short apology on Twitter, about what he said. And that’s even more upsetting. It’s hard enough as it is to be women working the male-dominated world of tech. Our CEO’s language is just another reminder of how we don’t belong in the “boys club.”

We want respect when we go to work, and, unfortunately, we don’t always feel that we get it.

Read the full post here. We’ve contacted T-Mobile for comment.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with additional details.

Comments

  • ShakingHead

    And THIS is why women still make less than men. Who’d promote them now for their apparent disloyalty and backstabbing?

    • Greg Bulmash

      Your attitude disgusts me. These are union people stating that Legere should be held to the same standards of behavior as rank and file CSRs. The fact that they’re women, and thus more impacted by the term he used, should not be a specific issue. But because you’re a wimp who is threatened by women, you’ve used this as an opportunity to justify inequitable treatment in the workplace.

      • Tom

        Shut up, apologist.

  • robert

    quit making a mountain out of a molehill.
    This reference shouldn’t be used but this comment merely means the customers
    are getting hosed.
    This is a non story for sure.

  • Guest

    Get over it ladies. Focus on doing your jobs and not running to HR.

  • silent sam

    Clear effort by union activists to exploit a poorly worded comment from an effective, and passionate and highly respected leader. The unions have been trying to infiltrate the T-mobile workforce for a long time. This is shameful and clearly a case of “piling on” for their own gains. They aren’t interested in protecting the women they are claiming to protect.

  • Jon

    I have been an employee for six years. I’m grateful to have him as my CEO. His marketing strategies have turned T-Mobile around. I’m glad he came along and saved our company regardless of this over the top opinion of you guys. Just ridiculous.

  • Dwight Flakus

    So the word rape is synonymous to women nowadays? What a dumb set of bitches

    • tom

      hahahahah u speak my mind…rofl

  • Gabriel Martin

    Ladied & gentleman,

    READ THIS:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/raping

    GET OVER IT!!!

    He’s just saying it like a hyperbole:https://www.google.com/search?q=raping&rlz=1CAASUA_enUS591US591&oq=raping&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i61.1303j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=hyperbole

    Verizon & AT&T are almost literally raping their subscribers by CHARGING anything in their services…

    They are doing that for YEARS and you have NO choice (that’s what LEGERE means, it is like RAPING you)…

    LADIES, use your freaking “common sense”…

    Haisstt…

    STOP being melodramatic…

    Also, don’t fucking believe to your UNION leaders about this issue…

    GROW UP!!!!

  • http://www.puzzazz.com/ Roy Leban

    For the record, not all men are insensitive jerks. It’s just hard to tell sometimes. It does not make you look cool to defend Legere’s stupid remarks. I’ve been a T-Mobile customer for more than ten years and I like the company and many of the moves that Legere has made. But this isn’t the first time he has offended people. He needs to think as hard about what he says as he does about marketing strategies.

    • BS

      No he doesn’t! As CEO he only has the responsibility to increase share holder value. Maybe his way of talking is geared towards a younger generation instead of soccer moms and old folks.

      • http://www.puzzazz.com/ Roy Leban

        When you are a consumer company that makes its money from many individual customers every month, getting people mad at you is definitely a way to decrease shareholder value.

        • BS

          It depends who and how many you get mad. Remember when consumers got irritated that the newly introduced iPad sounded like a female hygiene product? You’ll always have critics who blow things out of proportion. What’s next, he won’t be able to talk about “killer” apps, because some people may have lost loved ones in car accidents or homicides?

  • yabetcha

    The man used a term that was adequate and in response gets attacked by people who want political correctness. Why can’t people just get over themselves? Stop taking everything so literal!

  • UnderSerf

    Personally, I would have said “ass-raping” (a completely non-gender-biased term) but no doubt THAT would be considered profane by the Conservative Majority and gotten him in worse trouble – with ppl whose opinions could actually effect him…

  • Renard Fiossa
  • Candide

    Look: John Legere screwed up and he admitted it. Is it part of a culture of disrespecting women? Just look at the posts here. ShakingHead won’t promote any woman who dares to say she was offended. Robert thinks that there’s no story here and one Guest thinks that speaking up is tattling. Dwight Flakus apparently thinks that men have an equal right to be rape victims. (Yes, male rape victims exist and they’re about 10%. In reality-based statistics rarely seen on the internet, that means 90% of rape victims are female.)

    There’s no room for uppity women around here, right? Shut up and do your job, bitch. Don’t complain because you’re lucky to have a job that should rightfully be a man’s job. I’m being sarcastic but sadly none of the other posters here were.

  • Millionaire Ivy-League Bitch

    Candide, let me see if I can explain this in language they might understand better:

    Hey, listen up, dudes. The day you are raped is the day you are qualified to comment on what constitutes hyperbole. How dare you tell the T-Mobile 5, rape victims, or any other woman to “get over it” and “quit making a mountain out of a molehill.” “Dumb bitches”? Are online insults the best you trolls can do? Anonymous critique is easy. Being a man clearly isn’t. Lesson #1: Don’t address us as “Ladies” as you insult and belittle us in the same breath. Thankfully evolution is slowly eliminating your misogynist selves. And THIS is why men like you are not getting any: intelligent, high-earning women like me have no desire to breed with dickheads like you. You dumb-ass pricks should get off your cum-soaked keyboards and start looking for a job instead of wasting your meager intellect and poor writing skills commenting on GeekWire stories. Q.E.D. Look it up.

    • balls187

      Oooh. Tell us how you really feel!

      Also, the irony of calling out anonymous commenters while being anonymous is not lost.

      Not to mention using QED after what is essentially arguing ad hominem.

      • Millionare Ivy-League Bitch

        Duh.

        • balls187

          Yes, quite. Indeed.

  • balls187

    The comments are missing the point.

    The CEO of T-Mobile made a comment trivializing rape. Some of us aren’t offended by that. But some people were offended, and they do have that right.

    The CEO is public facing position, and his comments reflect his beliefs, and the impact of those beliefs on the companies culture. 5 female employees weren’t okay with that, and they spoke out.

    Thankfully I don’t know what it’s like to be a victim of rape, directly or indirectly, but it doesn’t take much empathy for me to understand why people are not okay with trivializing rape. The CEO of a company making these comments at a company event isn’t acceptable, and an apology on twitter just doesn’t count.

  • tom

    stupid..just stupid !!!

  • Guest

    Murder is, I think we’d agree, worse than rape. And yet if he said (as I’m sure he has) that competitors are killing you, or murdering you, would there be outrage? I doubt it.

    And yet there are people who are close to murder victims, and they might be offended that the loss of someone they knew is trivialized.

    So is rape justifiably beyond the pale? Does the fact that most rape victims are women make it less palatable to use?

    Not to me. It has nothing to do with whether I’m a woman or a man. Logically, in the absence of some gender-based overtones of the comments, there’s simply no reason to be more offended by “rape” than “murder”, so I consider this to be over-sensitivity and one of the things that people who hate “political correctness” should point to as an example.

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