Ex-TikTok executive claims she was fired for lacking ‘docility and meekness’

Lawsuit from former global marketing head criticises corporate culture at popular app owned by China’s ByteDance

TikTok’s former global marketing head Katie Puris has accused the company of unlawfully firing her because some company executives, including the chair of its Chinese parent company ByteDance, believed she “lacked the docility and meekness specifically required of female employees”. 
TikTok前全球营销主管凯蒂•普瑞斯(Katie Puris)指控该公司非法解雇她,原因是几位公司高管——包括中国母公司字节跳动(ByteDance)的董事长——认为她“缺少女性员工应该独具的温顺乖巧”。

In a complaint filed on Thursday in federal court in Manhattan, Puris, who joined TikTok in late 2019, said she was “extraordinarily successful” during her employment at the short-form video company, but that she suffered discriminatory treatment due to her age and gender. She was ultimately fired in 2023, according to the filing.

In particular, she claimed that ByteDance chair Lidong Zhang “had a stereotypical view of the way women should behave”, and that Puris “did not fit that stereotypical gender” mould as an experienced hire who advocated for her team’s successes.


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