LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2017 — Carney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associatesrecently issued a statement regarding a survey of 2,000 people within the tech industry conducted by Harris Poll and The Kapor Center for Social Impact. The results showed that the number one reason for leaving a job within the tech industry was mistreatment. For the purpose of this survey, mistreatment was defined as unfair management practices, stereotyping, sexual harassment, and bullying.
“According to this survey, women and minorities are more likely to be mistreated than other employees in the tech industry, but the type of mistreatment they experience varies,” Shegerian states. “Women are far more likely than men to be sexually harassed, Asian men are often unfairly managed, and LGBTQ employees are frequently victimized by workplace bullies.”
“There have been a number of reports that detail the discrimination and harassment that women and minorities face within the tech industry,” Shegerian continues. “But, this may be the first report to show a correlation between mistreatment and turnover.”
“Retaining good employees helps companies avoid spending money on recruiting and training new workers,” Shegerian says. “Turnover can be costly for a company, but not nearly as costly as a discrimination lawsuit. Hopefully, these results serve as a much needed wake up call to employers in the tech industry.”