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How much longer will "boys be boys" in Silicon Valley?

While known for cutting-edge technology, Silicon Valley is also famous for an old-school approach to corporate governance. A growing number of prominent male executives have faced accusations in recent years. Many resigned over allegations of sexist, hostile and predatory behavior directed at female contemporaries and employees.

As Silicon Valley finds ways to take much stronger action against executive misconduct, the list of those accused continue to grow. Currently, it is partially composed of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and venture capitalists Justin Caldbeck, Dave McClure, Frank Artale and Fred Destin.

Kris Duggan recently joined the roster. The founder and CEO of BetterWorks, a company that makes human resources software for businesses, has been demoted two weeks after he was named in a lawsuit by a former employee. Beatrice Kim is accusing Duggan of not only fostering a work culture hostile towards woman, but also sexual harassment and assault during a company retreat.

Kim claimed that she notified the company’s human resources department of the incident and Duggan’s subsequent apology for his behavior, promising to hire an outside firm to investigate. After HR informed her that the CEO did not violate harassment policies, she resigned.

Duggan disputed her allegations and cited the board finding no wrongdoing after reviewing the investigation’s findings. In spite of those assertions, he volunteered to step down to reduce distractions.

For now, Duggan is staying on an interim basis until the company’s board can find a replacement. He will then serve as president of the company. In addition to the demotion, Duggan also had a book deal with Penguin Random House put on hold.

The loud clatter created by multiple accusations of sexual harassment continues to grow, as do the voices of woman in the technology industry trying to end Silicon Valley’s longstanding mantra of “boys will be boys.”

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