Eight easy ways to avoid being accused of sexual harassment at work
Conservative Patrick Brown had the Ontario premiership in his grasp. He had worked his entire career to reach that pinnacle, even abstaining from alcohol to ensure that he would never make the types of mistakes which could detract from his goal. Suddenly, a 10-year-old allegation arose, one that was quickly proven to be at least partially false. Notwithstanding the lack of evidence, his career was ruined and he now cannot even run for a seat with his former party.
His is only one high-profile example of an increasing phenomenon, a male executive whose ascension is precipitously derailed by the zeitgeist of #MeToo.
I have had many executives visit my office in recent months, concerned about sometimes-decades-old liaisons, panicked that their careers are about to be knee-capped. Should they approach that romantic interest of yesteryear and try to resolve matters, at the risk of potentially awakening a slumbering complaint, or is it better to venture on with crossed fingers and a tormented soul?