LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates recently issued a statement regarding an article published by The Atlantic entitled “Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women?” The article features anecdotes from a handful of successful women in the tech industry who have witnessed sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racial discrimination firsthand.

“The women who contributed to this article describe being talked down to, not taken seriously, and sexually harassed by male co-workers in the tech industry,” Shegerian says. “Regardless of where a woman went to school or what title she holds within a company, she is still forced to deal with those who doubt her abilities simply because of her gender.”

“Tech conferences are described as ‘breeding grounds for unwanted sexual advances and assaults’ where women have to keep an eye on their drinks to avoid being drugged,” Shegerian states. “It’s appalling that an industry that prides itself on progressive ideas and making the world a better place has failed to recognize the value that women bring to the workplace.”

“Studies have found that women are interrupted in meetings more often than men and have a harder time securing funding from venture capitalists, which limits what they are able to accomplish in the tech industry,” Shegerian continues.

“The technological advances that have originated in Silicon Valley have changed the world as we know it,” Shegerian says. “But, I can’t help to wonder how much more these companies would be able to accomplish if only they would give women a chance to succeed.”

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