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Study says tech industry discriminates against Asian females

On Behalf of | May 24, 2022 | Discrimination |

New York and New Jersey have burgeoning technology industries with many residents in the Metropolitan area working in this arena. While productivity and competence are expected to be the main component of working in these types of jobs, there is still a certain level of discrimination that takes place. Researchers try to assess this issue to try and find solutions. Part of that is looking at who is facing discrimination. While women are frequently targeted, that can also be worse based on race and ethnicity. People who think they are being mistreated in this manner can take steps to put a stop to it and hold those responsible accountable for their behavior or inaction.

Asian women in the tech industry more frequently targeted

A recently released report from the University of California gauged what women in the tech industry experienced, focusing on women of color. Women of various backgrounds took part in a survey between 2019 and 2020. They were asked about workplace behaviors they might have experienced including discrimination and sexual harassment. It found that women of color were subjected to bias more often than white women. Asian and Asian-American women faced the highest amount of workplace wrongdoing.

Many stated they were under the impression that they were required to do more work to get the same level of recognition as white colleagues. It was also implied that doing so would make them appear to be better team players. One woman stated that any mistake was magnified due to her being of Indian descent. In addition, there was an expectation that women in this situation were expected to be more feminine in the workplace and play a specific role to suit that perception. They were often passed over for promotion. Accents were also viewed negatively.

Workers dealing with discrimination should take steps to seek justice

Any form of discrimination should be addressed and stopped. If a person faces racial discrimination in the workplace and it is negatively impacting how they do their job, ruining their chance at advancement, forcing them to consider leaving or costing them the job outright, it is important to know what options are available. Being confronted by problems at work for reasons other than performance and due to discriminatory behavior should not happen. Unfortunately, it does. Consulting with those who understand how to pursue claims for these acts can be helpful.