Gender pay gap still a problem in tech

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Women workers at large and small tech companies in California and across the country continue to face serious concerns about pay discrimination. According to research, over 50 percent of women who work in the industry are paid less on average than their male co-workers. One recruitment firm reported that women may be offered lower salaries than men at 60 percent of the jobs on offer in the industry. The same survey of 2,600 tech workers reported pay differentials at 63 percent of jobs one year earlier.

After women learn that they are being paid less than male co-workers, the differences may be substantial. In 16 percent of cases, the salary differential was $20,000 or more. The pay gap became even more significant when race was taken into account as well. While there is an average pay gap of 3 percent between men and women, Hispanic women receive 9 percent less than white men at these companies. Black women receive 11 percent less than white men at the same firms. LGBT women also experienced elevated pay discrimination with an 8 percent pay gap.

The difference in pay may vary based on location. While people in the industry in San Francisco saw a pay gap of 6 percent, those in Boston had a pay gap of 9 percent. In addition, 65 percent of the women who participated in the study reported experiencing workplace discrimination. At the same time, the study pointed to some positive trends: The national pay gap shrunk from 4 percent to 3 percent.

Even people in high-profile jobs with advanced skills can face discrimination on the job. People who are facing pay discrimination, unfair treatment, firing or retaliation based on their race, gender, age or disability may want to consult with an employment law attorney about their options to seek justice and pursue compensation.