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Gender Bias: Is Your IT Group Guilty?
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Broadway0474
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Broadway0474,
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8/12/2014 | 10:02:44 PM
Re: Tech Co vs. Tech Department
@Alison_Diana, that's a great question. And I suppose you're thinking that discrimination/bias would be more prevalent in tech firms and less so in other sectors?
zaious
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zaious,
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8/11/2014 | 11:55:35 PM
Re: Gender Bias
The numbers are, well, surprising. I felt there is a bias, but these numbers are not what I expected. Anyway, there are changes taking place. I hope every deserving person will claim the right position or job.
zerox203
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zerox203,
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8/11/2014 | 5:51:29 PM
Re: Gender Bias
Thanks for this, Susan. I think we can glean a lot from the information you've shared, if we're willing to read into it a little. The fact that all three of the acts you list reiterate that it's illegal to retaliate to discrimination complaints, for example, is very telling. It really only needs to be on one law to make it illegal, but that says that it needed some tweaking to get it right... and maybe that employers were dancing around it before. You shared a statistic just the other week Susan that Discrimination cases are found in favor of the employee only about 30% of the time - because it's hard to prove. The same thing applies to the retaliation aspect, and it can also be subtle.  Just because you fired someone after they complained about discrimination doesn't mean that's why you fired them.

The stats from the companies are also a little surprising, but maybe that shows some of my own Gender Bias, thinking that certain companies would or wouldn't be closer to 50/50. Salesforce and VMWare are among the lowest which is maybe not that surprising - discrimination is bound to be worst when it comes to sales and hard-business oriented jobs. On the other hand, I would have thought the all-mighty Google and Facebook would have done a lot better. They talk a lot about their proactive approach to hiring - but maybe this shows that some of that is just talk. Thanks for sharing.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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8/11/2014 | 11:55:27 AM
Tech Co vs. Tech Department
I wonder if there are discernable differences if you work at a technology company (which focuses exclusively on tech -- such as a developer or integrator) vs. working in the tech department of a different type of business (such as healthcare, retail, or education)?
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