Susan Fowler's Uber Post Was The First Shot In A New War Against Silicon Valley Sexism | Equal Rights Advocates
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Susan Fowler’s Uber Post Was The First Shot In A New War Against Silicon Valley Sexism

August 29, 2017 | by

The Verge covered a new bill – SB 224 (Jackson) – sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates that would prohibit sexual harassment of entrepreneurs by venture capitalists, which was introduced in response to a growing tide of women bravely coming forward with stories of sexual harassment in Silicon Valley. 

“No matter how well-intentioned, decency pledges won’t cut it,” says Noreen Farrell, the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, the nonprofit women’s rights organization that is sponsoring SB 224. Farrell says that up until this point, venture capitalists clearly believed that sexual harassment law didn’t apply to them. The venture capitalist-entrepreneur relationship, after all, isn’t a typical workplace relationship. “In many respects it was viewed as a legal free-for-all,” she said.

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