Workplace Complicity – The Bystander Effect

If we want change, we can't stay silent

It was supposed to be just another corporate seminar.

A routine one in fact – the annual accounting updates for charities, held at one of the large accounting firms.

NOT the place you’d expect to engage in a #MeToo confrontation with a misogynistic, sexist man.

But if you think about it, maybe it’s EXACTLY the place that harmful statements against women can be made freely. Because we’re too conditioned in our polite, Canadian, corporate business world culture to grab the microphone and speak out against it.

This was in 2018, shortly after the $100 million class-action sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP was publicized. And the #MeToo movement (against sexual harassment of women) was in full swing.