That 27 per cent of women found it difficult to deal with “being intimidated by my boss and other colleagues” is an indictment of the way many companies are run. One researcher spoke of how “masculinist norms” had created workplaces that undermined women’s self-confidence. Once such talk might have been dismissed, but the MeToo movement has fundamentally changed the discussion.
It remains to be seen how long it will take society to catch up.
The decision by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal to impose no sanction on an Elgin surgeon found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct towards a junior doctor after he spoke about his behaviour to other NHS staff may or may not be the correct one.
But the charity Zero Tolerance was correct when it warned the way an organisation handles sexual harassment “sends a powerful message about how its female employees are valued”.