Thereupon the matter of treating black and brown people in their club poorly, the former CEO, Audrey Gelman came out with an apology letter on Instagram. With the resurgence of Black Lives Matter in national headlines amid global protests, the movement has gained support in 2020. Meanwhile, Audrey Gelman resigned from the post of CEO of Wing in June in acknowledgment of complaints from staff regarding the treatment of employees based on color.
Wing’s employees are no longer okay with discrimination.
The issue raised after a good number of employees came out to tell how unfairly they have been treated in the Wing. It came to the attention due to their poor pay and alleged racist incidents. Many workers came forth about the unfair treatment by commenting in a New York Times article titled “THE WING IS A WOMEN’S UTOPIA, UNLESS YOU WORK THERE.”, where one of the employees claimed, “I have been made to feel small, stupid and insignificant.” The wing had initially accepted only people who identify as women or non-binary, eventually, due to non-discrimination law, they started accepting people of any gender identity.
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Finally, Audrey Gelman came out with an apology letter!
Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan are the founders of The Wing, a women-focused, co-working space collective and club in 2016. Gelman is an American businessperson and political staffer who recently wrote an apology letter and posted it on Instagram, the letter highlighting the club’s current problem and her sudden resignation by stating “ Many felt they were sold a false vision and lost trust in us. Members’ needs came first, and those members were often white and affluent enough to afford the Wing’s membership dues. This came at the expense of employees, who experienced mistreatment and harm from members, and who felt unprotected by management and ultimately unprotected by me. We billed ourselves as an answer to a problem while failing to recognize that we were continuing to inflict it.” She concluded her apology letter by writing “ I sought to gain personal financial success, stature, and the self-worth associated with scaling a startup so fast and so well. Unfortunately, this came at the expense of a sustainable and healthy culture.”