Optimism that the #MeToo movement will have a positive influence is high among bankers who participated in a recent survey on sexual harassment. But there is also concern that it could lead to gender discrimination in hiring and mentoring.
Scratch beneath the surface, and there is a lingering feeling among many in the banking, payments and mortgage sectors that not only is harassment present, but it may actually be inevitable. Experts say institutions need to combat that mindset — or else.
Many workers in the technology departments across a range of industries describe behavior that may fall short of a legal definition of sexual harassment, but is still disturbing and could contribute to low employee morale and high turnover.