HOUSTON, Texas. Women in the business world face unique challenges. Female employees face unconscious bias, a gender pay gap that results in women earning 80 cents for every dollar a man earns, and sometimes, they face overt bias. Yet, more women than ever are using the law to fight back. According to the Guardian, 60 Google employees are banding together to consider suing the company for alleged discrimination and alleged pay disparities.
Google faced public criticism recently after a male employee released a memo critiquing the company’s diversity programs and claiming that the disparity in pay and achievement between men and women is the result of biological differences. Some women claim that the memo contributed to a hostile workplace, while others claim that it shed light on some of the kinds of discrimination, bias, and harassment women in tech face on a regular basis.
The Department of Labor also claims that Google paid its female workers less than their male counterparts, finding major standard deviations between male pay and female pay.
YouTube’s female CEO responded to the controversial memo with a response in Fortune. In it, she wrote about how her ideas were passed over at meetings until they were repeated by junior male colleagues. She wrote openly about some of the challenges she faced in advancing her career. Over her career she has found that she wasn’t invited to events or social gatherings. Some women have claimed that they left their jobs at the company after seeing men progress at a faster rate in their careers than they did. According to Fortune, these claims are not new. Women claim that they sometimes have difficulty tapping into male-dominated networks. They have also claimed that managers may not see them as managerial material. These biases and challenges can contribute to the pay disparities sometimes seen.
The problem also bleeds into female tech start-ups, where women face challenges securing the money they need to launch their businesses, products, and ideas. Some women claimed that they faced quid-pro-quo prepositions from male financiers. Others claimed that they weren’t taken seriously when seeking funds. Worse, when men start tech companies, they may hire from a pool of their male friends and colleagues, creating a workplace “bro culture.” When women eventually join the companies later as they grow, they may have difficulty breaking into senior level positions, hence the glass ceiling. While the solution may seem to have more women entrepreneurs launching start-ups, the biases stem also into the kinds of people investors are choosing to invest with. Women face difficulties getting that initial start-up money, perpetuating the difficult cycle. They face sexual harassment and sometimes even face prepositions from potential investors who see them as dating material instead of an industry leader.
The good news is that the law offers protections to female workers against discrimination, harassment, and unfair pay policies. Moore & Associates are employment lawyers in Houston, Texas who work closely with individuals facing challenges in the workplace. Don’t suffer in silence or alone. Visit https://www.mooreandassociates.net/ to learn more.