One-in-ten women who work in the tech industry have reported “unwanted sexual attention” during their tenure, says a study published Thursday.
Allegations of sexual harassment and other immoral and unfair work conduct appear to be relatively widespread. The reports of unsolicited sexual attention are nearly twice as high among workers in the tech industry compared to tech employees in other industries, according to the Tech Leavers Study from the Kapor Center for Social Impact.
“There was a culture of harassment, crude behavior towards women, and sexual harassment (by the CTO),” one white female engineer, who remained anonymous, told the researchers. “The boys club would often be sitting in the CEO’s office drinking whiskey and wouldn’t invite any females. Often my whole team was in there except me. There were so many instances of these comments and this behavior that I became desensitized to it. It made me feel not valued, excluded, with no opportunities for advancement.” (RELATED: Former Uber Employee Writes Incredibly Creepy Account Of Her Manager’s Sexual Harassment)
Fifty-six percent of women who had such experiences, specifically unwanted sexual attention, said it ultimately contributed to their decision to resign.
And the problem is not just exclusive to females. Eight percent of men also reported being on the receiving end of sexual advances.
Eleven percent of people who identify as a member of the “LGBTQ” community reported unwelcome sexual approaches. (RELATED: Uber’s Diversity Report Shows Mostly Asian, White Men)
Aside from sexual harassment, the study also dealt with stereotyping, bullying/hostility, and unfair management practices in the workplace.
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