After the MeToo movement a new survey shows it might have had some unintended consequences for women in the workplace.
The study, due to be published in the journal Organizational Dynamics, shows that while most people now clearly know what inappropriate workplace behavior is, men — and even women — have become wary of hiring females.
The stats are even worse if the applicant is attractive, according to the researchers at the University of Houston.
The study found that in 2018, 27% of men admitted to avoiding one-on-one meetings with female co-workers.
Twenty-one percent of the men polled said they’re hesitant to hire a woman for a job that would require “close interaction,” such as business trips.
Additionally, ten percent of both men and women polled said they’d be reluctant to hire an attractive woman.
No surprise that 58% of men in the study felt fears of being unfairly accused would be more common.
The poll also revealed some positive trends.
Women felt more confident speaking out about harassment.
Men were more likely to describe certain scenarios as harassment than their female colleagues did.