April is Workplace Violence Awareness Month, and while recent events like the massacre of Muslims in New Zealand and the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh took place in houses of worship, these events are part of a larger climate of hatred, discrimination, intolerance, and violence on the rise worldwide. The U.S. alone saw a 57% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. What makes you think this kind of hatred and intolerance isn’t already in your workplace?
Think about it – James Damore was fired from Google in 2017 for circulating his infamous memo claiming women were biologically less adept at engineering and that “personality differences” explained the shortage of female leaders at the company. Just this month, activists alleged that an IBM consulting manager is a member of a white supremacist group and has given other members advice about how to get into the tech field. In 2018, a “game” called SuperSeducer was readily available on the Steam platform. According to the description, it’s based on “pickup artist” culture and rewards players for objectifying, harassing, coercing, and ignoring non-verbal cues from women. Earlier this year, Steam and parent company Valve pulled a game called Rape Day from its platform.
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