To end sexism in tech, women should be prepared to take companies to court, Anita Hill says

Business Insider | 8/11/2017 | Becky Peterson
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*Famed lawyer Anita Hill thinks women who face gender discrimination in tech should consider filing class-action lawsuits.

*Twitter and Microsoft both face on-going gender discrimination lawsuits, stemming from 2015.

Lawsuits - Delays

*Both lawsuits have faced unusual delays.

Want to end gender discrimination in tech? File a class-action lawsuit.

Advice - Anita - Hill - Attorney - Professor

That's the advice given by Anita Hill, the attorney and professor who garnered national attention in 1991 when she accused Clarence Thomas, then a nominee to the US Supreme Court, of sexual harassment.

On Tuesday, in an opinion piece in the The New York Times inspired by the ongoing controversy over a memo opposing corporate diversity efforts that was written by a Google software engineer, Hill wrote that women in tech "can't afford to wait for the tech industry to police itself — and there are few indications that it will ever do so."

Conversation - Business - Insider - Thursday - Hill

In a conversation with Business Insider on Thursday, Hill said that while class-actions can be difficult, they are the most efficient way of addressing systemic issues, such as biased hiring and discriminatory promotion processes. When a woman pursues a lawsuit on an individual basis, it's easier to dismiss her claims.

"The problem isn't one individual. It wasn't just Ellen Pao," Hill said, referring to the lawsuit filed in 2012 against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers by one of its female partners in which she claimed to have been the victim of gender discrimination; Pao lost her suit. "The problem seems to be an attitude toward women. What I'm proposing is an option that looks at bigger systems and problems that are common throughout the system."

Twitter - Microsoft

Twitter and Microsoft

The recent history of litigation against tech companies is not a story of progress, but delay.

Gender - Discrimination - Class-action - Lawsuits - Tech

There are at least two ongoing gender discrimination class-action lawsuits in the tech industry — one against Twitter,...
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