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August 30, 2021

Women still view sex with a boss as a way to get ahead

Not unlike malt shops, bellbottoms and the integrity of the Emmy Awards, the notion that a woman needs to sleep with her boss to get ahead should be a thing of the past.

This is, after all, a new professional era; one where, though women may not earn as much as men in the workplace, they sure command the same levels of respect.

So why is it, in 2010, that a staggering percentage of executive women participating in a recent survey admitted to having had an affair with a superior?

According to a study conducted by New York’s Center for Work-Life Policy, 15 per cent of currently employed executive women said they’d engaged in sexual relations with a higher-ranking male colleague.

Perhaps more troubling, about 37 per cent of those same women surveyed said they still believed such affairs would pay off with promotions and other work-related perks.

The full study’s results aren’t expected out till this fall, the Star reports, but a few choice findings were leaked ahead of time – and in the wake of a notorious, topical workplace sex scandal.

As you no doubt heard, Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd was forced to resign earlier this month when it was revealed he’d engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with Jodie Fisher, an ex-reality TV star who has also done some work in softcore porn.

But Fisher, it was later revealed, was also a contractor of some form for HP, and she received “numerous inappropriate payments from the company” in her time with the computer giant.

Because of Fisher’s professional ties with HP, the Hurd scandal has done little to help the perception of women in the workplace, the Center for Work-Life Policy’s survey suggests.

Now, notes the Center’s president, fewer male business leaders are likely to take ambitious female execs under their wing for fear of a sexual dalliance, or more accurately, the appearance  that one is taking place.

What do our readers think of these findings?

Are these survey results unnecessarily negative towards women, or is this an accurate representation of the modern female executive?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...