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We found out earlier this year that finance still has a big gender diversity problem. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the recent departure of two Fidelity lifers following claims of harassment, we want to know whether the City, Wall Street and the rest of the finance world has a widespread problem with unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate sexual behaviour. We want you, our FT readers, to tell us about your experiences.
Sometimes this topic is clear cut. You, or a friend or colleague, might have been sexually assaulted in your workplace. You might have been explicitly told to trade sexual favours for a promotion, or to land a big client. You might have been excluded from a team-building event that included strippers and prostitutes.
Other cases are more murky. Maybe a boss suggested you dress up for a client or flirt with them a little, but you weren’t told to do anything else. Perhaps a colleague made lewd comments, but never touched you. Maybe someone insinuated that you slept or flirted your way into a job.
For the purposes of this research, we are casting a broad net. The litmus test is this — did you ever experience anything sexual in the finance industry that you would not want your daughter or son to go through?
If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace — whether that be an incident, or a specific person or company that engages in abuses of power — please tell us about it. Your tips and stories will be treated confidentially and will help inform our reporting on this topic. Help us work toward a safer, fairer environment.
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