EEOC Advocates for a More Diverse Tech Industry


Nancy L. Gunzenhauser, an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office, authored an article in Law360 titled “EEOC Advocates for a More Diverse Tech Industry.” (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Following a May 18, 2016, public meeting on diversity in the technology industry, the EEOC issued a “Diversity in High Tech” report summarizing research on the lack of diversity in the “high-tech sector,” defined as industries that employ a high concentration of employees in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations and the production of goods and services advancing the use of electronic and computer-based production methods. The report highlighted several demographic trends within the industry, generally showing that the high-tech sector is still predominantly white, male and under 40 years old.

Citing the high-tech sector as “a major source of economic growth fueling the U.S. economy,” the report also identified demographic differences among the types of positions within the industry, noting that African Americans and Hispanics were disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions in technology jobs.

A version of Ms. Gunzenhauser’s article was also published in Epstein Becker Green’s Take 5 Newsletter