A recent study suggests that there has been a backlash against the #MeToo movement.
According to the Harvard Business Review, men are treating their females co-workers differently because of #MeToo.
- 19 percent of men said they were reluctant to hire attractive women.
- 21 percent said they were reluctant to hire women for jobs involving close interactions with men.
- 27 percent said they avoided one-on-one meetings with female colleagues.
False accusations of harassment are not a #MeToo problem. They are systemic in any system that relies on employees to self-police and report misconduct via complaints. The remedy isn’t sexually segregated workplaces. The remedy is thorough and complete investigations of all complaints of harassment, and appropriate punishment for those who are found to have lodged false complaint.
The risk of false harassment complaints is not an excuse for sexual segregation at work. Instead, the risk of sexual segregation is the reason to double down on efforts to root out and end sexual harassment and other sex discrimination.