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Cleveland women, are you traveling less for work since #MeToo?

September 6, 2018 GMT

Cleveland women, are you traveling less for work since #MeToo?

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland women, do you feel shut out of business travel since the #MeToo movement has swept workplaces nationwide?

A LeanIn survey with Survey Monkey this year found that senior men are 3.5 times more likely to hesitate to have a work dinner with a junior-level woman than with a junior-level man — and 5 times more likely to hesitate to travel for work with a junior-level woman.

Leaving women back at the home office A SourceMedia survey on sexual harassment in the financial sector found that women were worried companies would “discriminate against females and start hiring only male employees since it creates a less problematic environment.”

Cleveland.com’s Shatter is asking Cleveland professionals if men have stopped mentoring women, or inviting them to social gatherings outside the office, in the wake of the #MeToo movement. The men’s response in our comments was virulent: They avoid interactions with women, lest they be accused of sexual harassment.

And that can hurt women, since those social interactions contribute to career advancement. Business travel allows employees to forge new connections, impress a client, get new ideas.

Said cleveland.com commenter Harry Doyle: “The MeToo movement has set women back 30 years. Successful women will remain successful. MeToo demands won’t work.”

Do you see it happening here? Shatter wants to lead the discussion around the #MeToo movement in Cleveland and share your stories -- anonymously. No names will be used without permission.

Email Laura Johnston at ljohnston@cleveland.com.