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Let us not underestimate the wisdom of Mike Pence. Not only can he teach us about the essential art of sucking up (he made his boss very happy recently by staying at a Trump property in Ireland, even though it added hours of travel to his meeting place), he’s the oracle of gender relations in the workplace.

You remember the Mike Pence rule, right? You know all that stuff about how Pence avoids being alone with a woman and how he never attends social events where alcohol is served without his wife? Oh, how quaint and silly was that?

Vivia Chen.Well, trivialize it at your peril, because the Pence rule is becoming the standard in the American workplace. According to a new study in the Harvard Business Review (the authors are Leanne Atwater, Allison Tringale, Rachel Sturm, Scott Taylor and Phillip Braddy), not only is the #MeToo backlash not quieting down, it’s gotten worse in the last year.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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