A study shows that there are stunning consequences to the “#MeToo” movement against sexual harassment that the proponents probably didn’t foresee and definitely will not support.
A backlash that will limit opportunities for women
The Society for Human Resource Management published a report Thursday that documented the result of the movement that called on society to believe allegations of sexual harassment without question.
According to the study, nearly a third of executives report that they have “changed their behaviors to a moderate, great or very great extent to avoid behavior that could be perceived as sexual harassment.”
The CEO of the SHRM, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., explained that “some of the more concerning pieces of data that came out of the research are around the concern that there may be a backlash of sorts.”
“There were men who specifically said I will not hire a woman going forward,” he explained.
“Those who said they would hire a woman said they would not travel with one, and they, more importantly they would not engage in activities after business hours,” Taylor added.
“And you know oftentimes, that’s when the relationships are built,” he continued, “after hours dinners with clients, et cetera, trips, I’m a lawyer for example, and you know, you’re the associate, and the partner won’t travel with you for fear that it could be perceived, or he could be subject to a sexual harassment claim.”
Here’s the video of the SHRM CEO explaining the findings:
A culture of ‘guilty until proven innocent’
Taylor said that companies need to be careful about how to implement new policies because of the #MeToo movement.
“We can’t let the pendulum swing too far,” he explained. “Organizations must be careful not to create a culture of ‘guilty until proven innocent’ and we cannot tolerate other unintended consequences.”
That is exactly the criticism that many supporters of Justice Brett Kavanaugh made, including some lawmakers, about the allegations made against him in order to derail his nomination. Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Monday.