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Our continued solidarity: in support of the ACLU and Gavin Grimm

By  Artur Bergman, CEO and Founder, March 2, 2017

Today, we joined our customers, partners, and friends in filing an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief challenging the Gloucester County School Board’s policy related to gender identity.

At Fastly, we support compassion, respect, and equality for all people. At our core, we aim to create a productive environment by making business decisions based on people’s qualifications, performance, abilities, and the needs of our business, and no other basis. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment to everyone, and don't tolerate harassment or decision-making on improper bases, regardless of whether the law allows it.

When our environment is tolerant across the board, we benefit from more productive and happier employees. We strongly prefer that those employees have the same freedom from discrimination and harassment that we hope they feel at Fastly when living the rest of their lives. Filing this amicus brief gives us a special opportunity to publicly support the rights of our employees and their family members to be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender identity. We will continue to support our employees’ right to freedom from harassment and discrimination in all aspects of their lives, including on the basis of race, national origin, religious belief, or political affiliation.

We believe building and fostering inclusive workplace environments is the right thing to do, and equality makes all of us stronger. We’re proud to stand with our employees, partners and customers in support of this belief, and would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign and the law firm BakerHostetler for bringing this amicus brief to fruition.

Author

Artur Bergman | CEO and Founder

Artur Bergman has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since founding Fastly in March 2011. From September 2007 to June 2011, Mr. Bergman served as Manager, Vice President, then Chief Technology Officer of Wikia, Inc., a global community knowledge-sharing platform. From November 2005 to March 2007, Mr. Bergman served as Engineering Manager for SixApart, a social networking service. From the second half of 2003 to August 2005, Mr. Bergman served as Engineering Manager of Fotango, Ltd., a subsidiary of Canon Europe. We believe that Mr. Bergman is qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors because of his industry knowledge and his experience as our founder, as well as his leadership experience and deep technical expertise.

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