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The energy industry has historically been perceived as an “old boys” club. Of course, the industry has made significant progress in hiring and promoting women. But in the era of #MeToo, the legacy of this gender imbalance has made the sector particularly ripe for harassment claims. Those who feel that they have suffered harassment are already more willing to come forward, and the reputation of the industry—rightly or wrongly—bolsters complainants’ perception that the mistreatment they perceive having suffered must be gender-based.

 

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