Adria Richards' Story Shows How Sexual Harassment Endures in Tech Community

Adria Richards, a female working in the male-dominated technology industry, was publicly fired from her job recently. Adria Richards spoke out about sexual harassment after hackers made it clear they didn’t approve of her complaining. Shortly after, SendGrid fired her. It is alleged that an unknown group of people, presumably men, hacked into the SendGrid website following an incident in which Richards called out a man who made what she deemed sexist remarks during a presentation at PyCon, a conference for Python coders. A series of tweets and messages online followed, including rape and death threats. Full article.

Sexual harassment against women in the workplace exists in all types of business environments across the country. However, sexual harassment seems to run rampant in those fields that are generally dominated by males, including the tech industry. Despite many laws put into place to prevent such discrimination, it seems that there still persists sexual harassment and unwanted advances in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: EEOC. Gov.

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