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If you think most women quit because they just don't like working in IT or because their jobs don't offer the work-life balance or parental leave they need, think again.
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9. Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
The survey did not specifically ask women if they had ever left a tech job because of sexual harassment and discrimination. However, it did ask them about their biggest challenges in the workplace. It found that 12% had experienced sexual harassment, and 23% said they had experienced bias and discrimination.
While women didn’t cite harassment and discrimination as their biggest challenges, the number of women who say they have experienced them is still too high. In the era of the #MeToo movement when even the employees at Google are protesting the treatment of female employees, companies may find that it is in their financial best interest to prevent and address these problems at their firms.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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