Recently, the floodgates of Silicon Valley and other high-profile tech cities have opened as more and more women are coming forth with tales of sexual harassment, discrimination, and sexism in the workplace.
Instead of attempting to sweep things silently under the rug, big-name companies are investigating these complaints and the offending parties are apologizing publicly, being fired, or being asked to leave professional businesses.
The city of Philadelphia is at the forefront of being a safe place for women in tech, fostering a goal to bring more women into the early stage investment community. Ellevate, a community of professional women, is taking the lead on engaging corporate community in the city’s startup ecosystem.
The West Coast is a Different Story
On the other side of the country, however, the situation is much more dour. Silicon Valley prides itself on being progressive, open, and supportive to all people. On the other hand, the tech world is a predominantly male industry, with more and more women entering the field each year.
While the tech companies are finally responding to the outcry of workplace sexual harassment from their female employees, the industry still has a long way to go.
Signs You Are Being Sexually Harassed at Work
Sexual harassment can encompass much more than groping or catcalling. Here are some signs you may be being sexually harassed at work:
- Your boss calls you and other women in the office names. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature and can include offensive remarks about a person’s gender. For instance, if you and fellow female workers are called offensive names in the workplace but men are not, it could be sex-based harassment.
- Your coworkers are always talking about their sex lives and flirt incessantly with coworkers and clients. Sexual harassment in the workplace extends to any sexually oriented behavior that is unwelcomed and creates a hostile environment.
- Your co-worker or boss sends out inappropriate mass emails. Thanks to technology, harassers are finding new ways to behave offensively. Inappropriate emails can include sexual jokes or images and have become very common.
Philadelphia Sexual Harassment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Are on Your Side
If you have experienced any of the aforementioned scenarios in the workplace, call a Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyer at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. today at 215-569-1999 or contact us online. We proudly serve clients in Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and New York.