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Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost - Bloomberg
just hiring a woman these days is “an unknown risk.” What if she took something he said the wrong way?

Across Wall Street, men are adopting controversial strategies for the #MeToo era and, in the process, making life even harder for women.

Interviews with more than 30 senior executives suggest many are spooked by #MeToo and struggling to cope. “It’s creating a sense of walking on eggshells,”

This is hardly a single-industry phenomenon, as men across the country check their behavior at work, to protect themselves in the face of what they consider unreasonable political correctness -- or to simply do the right thing.

For obvious reasons, few will talk openly about the issue. Privately, though, many of the men interviewed acknowledged they’re channeling Pence, saying how uneasy they are about being alone with female colleagues, particularly youthful or attractive ones, fearful of the rumor mill or of, as one put it, the potential liability.

A manager in infrastructure investing said he won’t meet with female employees in rooms without windows anymore; he also keeps his distance in elevators. A late-40-something in private equity said he has a new rule, established on the advice of his wife, an attorney: no business dinner with a woman 35 or younger.
#MeToo  backfire  sexual  harassment  political  correct  women  workplace  office 
5 days ago by dandv
‘If Bobbie Talks, I’m Finished’: How Les Moonves Tried to Silence an Accuser - The New York Times
But Ms. Phillips was not O.K. Over the next two months, she suffered mysterious pains in her ear and jaw. She sought help from doctors and twice went to the emergency room. No one could diagnose her. Finally, a doctor asked if she had some kind of suppressed trauma. Perhaps stress was causing the physical symptoms.

The next month, CBS showed a sudden interest in working with Mr. Dauer’s clients. According to Mr. Dauer, the network’s head of casting, Peter Golden, contacted him about possible roles for Ms. Phillips. She ended up auditioning for a new CBS series called “In the Dark.” Another client, Eva LaRue, read for a part on “Charmed.” Two others, Joshua Morrow and Philip Boyd, met with Mr. Moonves.

Mr. Dauer gave Mr. Moonves a prized possession: an autographed Babe Ruth photo. “I’m pretty sure it will be in safekeeping with your family for a long time,” Mr. Dauer texted.
10 days ago by craniac
Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): – A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment
This guide is for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for yourself emotionally during an online attack. You don’t need any specialized knowledge to use this guide – just basic computer and internet skills.
security  privacy  harassment  safety 
12 days ago by spaceninja
After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree • Recode
Shirin Ghaffary and Eric Johnson:
<p>[Stephanie] Parker, a policy specialist at YouTube, initially read a prepared statement to her San Bruno, Calif., colleagues during the walkout, but then asked them a question she hadn’t written down. Where, she asked, did Google get the tens of millions of dollars it paid to Rubin and other senior executives accused of sexual misconduct?

“They got it from every time you worked late,” Parker said. “Every promotion you didn’t get because they said there’s not enough budget, you have to wait. It’s from every contractor who came to work sick because they have no paid time off. These are conscious decisions that the company is making, and abusers are getting rich off of our hard work.”

And the walkouts, the organizers agreed, have in some cases turned strangers into allies. People who had been raising red flags for years and felt they weren’t being heard suddenly realized that they were not the only ones who thought Google wasn’t hearing what it needed to hear.

“We’re giving our feedback about what’s wrong through all of the official channels,” Parker said. “We’re filling out the surveys every year. We are talking back in TGIF [all hands meetings] and asking these questions, and nothing is happening. But once we begin to find each other, and see each other all speaking out and all saying, fundamentally, the same thing, then the fear starts to go away. Once we start taking collective action, then we can’t be stopped.”</p>

There's a subtle dislocation happening at Google and Facebook - and others? - where the rank-and-file are disconcerted by things that the senior managers and/or founders aren't aware of. How big can the disconnect get?
google  harassment  sexism 
16 days ago by charlesarthur
Google inaction
Walkout protesting Google management problems hasn't gotten the demanded action
walkout  google  protest  sexism  harassment 
18 days ago by nelson

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