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how much experience in tech and how many companies have you worked for? i ask because IC is not intended as a condescending term. it’s industry jargon, and not related to the importance or impact of the person.

for one thing, it defines where they are in the sexual harassment stack. as an IC you require only an hour of training a year and you can freely have relationships with people who aren’t in you mgmt chain. stuff like that.

When I was a dev lead, I would not go to lunch alone with any of my reports male or female. If I went to lunch with just the males it would seem like playing favorites and if I went to lunch with just females, it could lead to rumors and innuendos and it wasn’t worth the risk.

On the other hand, one of my former coworkers when I was an IC is now my wife....

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