"There is absolutely a problem here in Austin," said the former director of operations at an Austin telecommunication firm.
She's asked KVUE not to reveal her identity for fear of retribution. We will call her Anne.
"I was hired by a man who had previously been a mentor to me, and about a year a half after I accepted the position, I was laid off," Anne said.
She said in that brief period of time, that mentor quickly started crossing the line.
"He would tell me to wear dresses and skirts to work -- that I didn't look like a director unless I did those things. That he preferred my hair long and blonde," she said. "He would close my office door and ask for hugs. Back rubs, neck massages."
Initially, she said she ignored it. She worried that if she said something, it would create more problems.
"I thought he was my friend. I invited him to my wedding. He had eaten dinner at my house," Anne said. "But I think the dynamic changed when I became an employee that reported to him and he felt that he had some measure of control over either my career trajectory or just my ability to keep the job."
But when she couldn't take it anymore, she said she started to speak up.
"I told him in person and over text that it made me uncomfortable -- that I didn't like it and that I wanted it to stop," Anne said. "And it didn't. It kept happening."
For Anne, this experience was the final straw. She hasn't worked in tech since.
"Done," she said. "I don't feel like I could have moved on from my life if I had stayed in that industry, because I would have been waiting for it to happen again."