A recent engineering graduate, Ksenija joined a new firm as a product engineer. Excited to learn about all the personal and professional development opportunities available, she signed up for a technical lecture on industry trends. Walking into the room she noticed that she was the only woman. As she looked for a seat, Justin, an engineer from a different team, informed her that this was a technical talk, and asked her if she was looking for the orientation session for new administrative staff down the hall.
What was Justin’s microaggression? (Choose all that apply.)
Based on her gender, Justin assumed Ksenija didn’t belong in the technical lecture.
Even though she was obviously new to the company, instead of asking her name and role, he assumed she was part of the new administrative support team.
- Even though he was trying to be helpful and had good intentions, Justin made assumptions about Ksenija that he would not have made about ap male colleague.