Report shows sex discrimination in the tech industry

| Jan 20, 2016 | Workplace Discrimination |

A report released in January analyzed the discrimination many women who work in California’s Silicon Valley. The report, which was coauthored by a number of women in the tech industry, showed that women still faced harassment and bias in this particular industry.

One of the authors stated that she was inspired to begin the survey after she testified during Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination trial in 2012. After her testimony, she stated that other female peers approached her with similar stories. Ultimately, more than 200 women tech workers who had at least 10 years of experience in the industry were polled to learn about their experiences with discrimination and bias.

Sixty percent of the polltakers reported that they had experienced unwanted sexual advances. Of those women, 65 percent reported that the advances were from someone who was in a superior position. As many as 90 percent of the women who were polled reported that they witnessed sexist behavior at the company. Additionally, 84 percent were told that they were being “too aggressive.” Certain biases were also noted, as 75 percent of women were questioned about their marital status and children during the interview for the job.

Sex, race and age discrimination are not just found in the tech industry. Dealing with harassment and discrimination can have a negative effect on a person’s ability to be as productive as possible, potentially resulting in being passed over for promotions. If an employee experiences discrimination or harassment in the workplace and the employer refuses to fix the problem, the employee may seek damages for lost income and for any pain and suffering the employee experienced due to a hostile work environment.

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