Employment Law: Silicon Valley’s Startling Statistics Raise Red Flags

Cartwright - July 7, 2014 - Blog, Employment Law

If you haven’t heard the latest employment law news yet, Google recently released its workforce diversity data. We’ll save you the click: it wasn’t that great. As one of the leading technology companies in the entire world, only 30% of its employees are women. Furthermore, 61% of its employees identify as white, 30% identify as Asian, and only 2% identify as black. Following Google’s lead, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Facebook, have all reported their workplace diversity numbers as well and the figures are equally bad.

There are lots of reasons for the disparities in these numbers, but the takeaway is clear: as many media sources have reported recently, there’s simply not enough diversity in the tech industry. Silicon Valley firms have been charged with ageism and racism and sexism. Just this week, the popular dating app Tinder was sued in Los Angeles for sexually harassing one of its executives.

While we can’t change the entire industry at once, we can help you. Here at The Cartwright Law Firm, we are committed to fighting discrimination in any way we can. We understand that employment discrimination is real, even in the seemingly progressive hub of Silicon Valley. In the same way start-ups are on the cutting edge of technology, we are on the cutting edge of employment law. We hold technology companies accountable for their employment decisions and practices.

If you’ve experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace (even at a hip start-up!) The Cartwright Law Firm is here to help. If you believe you have been a victim of gender, age, or racial discrimination, call us today for a free consultation.

Today’s blog post is written by our newest Intern, Sophia Goren, a third-year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law.

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