Congratulations #MeToo… You’ve made women employees radioactive

[Ed.: This open letter about the consequences of the #MeToo movement was posted to LinkedIn by Jan Turn on June 11, 2018 (archive: and quickly went viral. A campaign by journalists got it deleted.]

As a corporate CEO I now have a fiducial duty to avoid hiring women

I was having lunch the other day with my group of fellow CEOs…some current and some former. I asked the question: “Well, who has gotten that visit from the corporate lawyer, advising you to avoid hiring women executives”. Every one in the group groaned and looked away. The message was clear. They had ALL gotten that visit.

As a corporate CEO, I have an fiduciary and moral obligation to my employees, NOT to do something stupid that will destroy the company and throw them out into a very hard and dangerous world. The streets of Silicon Valley are full of RVs and campers with homeless former engineers and former managers, many with no health insurance. I am obligated by law and by custom not to add my people to that list.

That’s why I can’t hire women.

Even before #Metoo, hiring women came with a significant risk. I’ve seen several small companies wiped out by some angry ex-employee claiming some sort of sexual harassment. In each and every case, the company leaders honestly tried to prevent the problem, but were wiped out anyway. “$150K just to walk in the front door” says any law firm. That’s enough to destroy most startups.

As a CEO I have a legal obligation to avoid risk. Because of #Mettoo, women walk in the door with the metaphorical equivalent of a suicide bomb strapped to their back. The slightest wrong move, the slightest insult, and BANG. Everybody is dead.

In the past it was just a few women who had this tendency to use lawsuits to destroy. Now in the era of #Metoo, it has become fashionable. Even the not-so-bright receptionist I hire as a temp is on the lookout for her moment of perceived fame.

As a CEO there is absolutely nothing I can do to prevent a clash, when women are so eager to take offense. Human sexuality is wired into every man and women. Even if I install webcams and watch every single second of every interaction, having training classes, and instill fear in my male employees, there will inevitably be some action that some man will take, maybe on purpose, maybe accidentally, that will cause some woman to take offense and sue. I am unable to prevent it, just as I can’t prevent someone from passing gas after lunch.

Litigation is the business equivalent of nuclear war. It only destroys. Now every woman walking into my HR department is carrying a nuclear launch button on her sleeve, and is being goaded by their friends to USE IT! Every other employee in that company — male and female — has a mortgage and family expenses, and is looking with fear at that new female hire.

This is what generals call an “asymmetric threat”. I have zero control, almost no preventative measures, and huge, deadly risk.

That leaves me and other smart CEOs with only one solution: stop hiring women. And that is what’s happening, quickly or slowly, at every small startup all over the country. Will we be sued for not hiring women? Nope. Hard to prove. Penalties actually quite unlikely.

To my granddaughters who are just entering the workforce, and to the many wonderful women who long ago learned to ignore male clumsiness and just get the job done — I can only say how sorry and sad I am to see this. Unfortunately, you women have been betrayed by a group of radical women who are, to put it bluntly, fools. They are dragging you into a conflict which will leave you burned and the men in your lives burned. Everyone will get burned except the lawyers and the activists who will, as always, sit back and profit from the war they created.

Maybe there will be comments from women telling me “I don’t get it” or “You’ll get sued.” Um, no. I get it just fine. I’m just speaking a harsh truth, that people don’t like. Listen.

  1. 4 years ago


    + GET RICH

    • 4 years ago

      They’ll just claim the assault happened out of angle.

      Personally ANYONE who can compromise my company morale is O. U. T.

      • 4 years ago
        Anonymous #1

        Does that mean you don't hire apache attack helicopters?

  2. 4 years ago

    this is so true.

  3. 4 years ago

    Good thing the author is anonymous or they'd have a discrimination lawsuit on their hands!

  4. 4 years ago

    And this is healthy way of dealing with this madness !

  5. 4 years ago
    Bump D. Bump

    Most people still have too much to lose to risk a personal transformation to their natural problem solving mode. Once that's no longer the case, being a social Marxist will become the #1 cause of shortened life expectancy, and high fire insurance premiums.

  6. 4 years ago

    Its a shame this is the state of things, at my job I am always having to collaborate with my colleagues. We have a lot of late nights where its 2-3 of us working in the office after hours. I now refuse to do so if I would be alone with a woman. I have too much to risk her deciding that it would just be easier to sue than work for that 17.50 an hour, and if you don't believe it happens, it does. A former colleague was a victim of such a person. There were multiple people at the incident to refute her claims but the company decided it was easier and cheaper to just fire him and give her a settlement than risk it becoming public.

  7. 4 years ago

    I was promoted to a managerial role in my current company about 2 years ago and I can say that this IS a problem. I wasn't thinking about this until I was alone at lunch with one of the female employees I managed about 6 months ago. Nothing unprofessional was said or done, but I became intensely aware that it will require a kind of mindfulness and/or diligence to make sure that nothing can be misconstrued as unprofessional. In other words, it will require MORE WORK on my part to mentor a female. I think that the small discomforts and extra work required to mentor a female vs. a male will add up over time. Unfortunately, the incentives will unfairly hurt perfectly qualified women over the long run. Rightly or wrongly, that's the side effect of this #MeToo movement.

  8. 4 years ago
    Jello Biafra

    It was subconscious projection by feminists who are actually unhappy in the work environment. Now we have a situation where men will go to work and woman will have no choice but to stay at home looking after the kids and preparing their husbands a nice hot meal for when they come home.

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