Tech companies are discriminatory

6829bd6943866cac92aa8f92eb4946caaff5591dDespite its reputation for being a liberal industry, more than a quarter of US workers in the technology sector have felt discrimination at their workplace.

According to a survey released by job site Indeed.com more than 24 percent said they felt they had been discriminated against at their current companies due to their race, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation.

Some 29 percent of female respondents said they experienced discrimination compared with 21 percent of men. Some 32 percent of Asian and non-white employees said they were discriminated against, versus 22 percent of white employees.

The survey did not provide details surrounding the nature of the discrimination.

Raj Mukherjee, senior vice president of product at Indeed said the results should be a wake-up call to the industry that simply striving to hire diverse talent is not enough as culture and attitude need to be addressed.

Over the last three years Google, Facebook, Apple and other major tech companies have released employee demographic data, adjusted recruiting strategies and offered training on unconscious bias.

Mukherjee added that companies should make greater efforts to include current employees in its diversity initiative, since 57 percent of respondents said they did not know what actions their company is taking to address the issue.

Another 25 percent did not believe their companies was doing anything about the issue.