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13 Apr 2015

Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism Project, in Guardian (UK)

Companies should do more to tackle pervasive gender discrimination, says founder of Everyday Sexism Project

“Thank you Ellen Pao for teaching more people about sexism in the workplace,” 10 Apr 2015

…Pao’s case shows…how difficult it is for the victim to solve the problem of “low-level” sexism in the workplace…[M]any women don’t make it to court in the first place…[I]n the UK, sex discrimination claims have plummeted by 80% since the introduction of up to £1200 tribunal fees in 2013….When the Equal Opportunities Commission found that 30,000 women lose their jobs every year as a result of maternity discrimination, the results also revealed that fewer than 3%...went to a tribunal to seek financial compensation. So, while we should encourage women to come forward, it is deeply unrealistic to expect victims to be the ones to fix the problem. But the incentive is there for employers to step up instead…It’s in every company’s interest to tackle the low-level, pervasive sexism that undermines performance, holds back talent and prevents them from getting the very best out of their workforce…[Also refers to Palo Alto Software, Reddit]

Part of the following timelines

USA: Ex-employee sues Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers over alleged gender discrimination & harassment; company denies claims

USA: Ex-employee loses gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins; supporters say case highlighted sexism in tech industry