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- Anonymous employee chat app Blind asked employees at tech companies like Salesforce, Airbnb and Uber if they’d ever seen or experienced sexual harassment.
- One-third of the respondents said they had.
- The poll did not ask respondents to specify whether the harassment was at their current employer or at a past job.
Given the number of high-profile men that resigned or were fired over allegations of sexual harassment over the past year, it’s no shock that the tech industry has had its share of such scandals.
And while some women are speaking up about their experiences, especially in the wake of the #metoo movement that has swept the country, it’s still hard to gauge how prevalent the situation is.
Anonymous employee chat app Blind took a stab at it with a recent poll that asked its users – who are all validated employees of specific tech companies – if they had ever experienced or witness sexual harassment.
The poll is not scientific but it is insightful. Some 1,139 people took the poll, with 354 answering ‘YES,’ and 785 answered ‘NO,” a Blind spokesperson told us.
So the results are terrible, or positive, depending on how you look at it. On the glass-half-empty side, this indicates that an appalling one-third of tech employees say they at some point witnessed the illegal and demeaning tactics that sexual harassers force onto their victims. On the glass-half-full side, the results mean that two-thirds of them had never witnessed, much less experienced, such things.
And there’s another caveat: the poll does not indicate where the survey respondents witnessed the harassment. So it doesn’t necessarily mean these employees experienced harassment at their current employer.
That may help explain interesting results like Salesforce, which had the highest percentage of employees who had witnessed sexual harassment.
It’s not clear from the poll whether those responses referred to incidents at Salesforce, or at previous workplaces. Salesforce is among a crop of companies that are well-known for being a fabulous places for women to work. The San Francisco-based company has taken a national lead on equal pay for women, talking about it how it analyzed its own payroll and made changes.
What’s more, only a total of 21 people from Salesforce took the poll with 9 answering “yes” and 12 answering “no,” Blind tells us. That’s not statistically significant for a company 25,000 employees, although it may also show that even a place as female-friendly as Salesforce have people who have experienced less pleasant things.
Also interesting: Uber scored the lowest percentage in this poll, with only 4 of the 48 participating employees saying they had witnessed or experienced sexual harassment at some point in their careers.
Uber went through a much publicized investigation last year after a former employee leveled sexual harassment allegations. Uber fired 20 people, 5 for sexual harassment and the others for other issues, like bullying, it said last year when it released the results of that investigation.
Here are the results of the Blind poll:
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