Male employee swaps email signature with female colleague, with 'shocking' results...

Male employee swaps email signature with female colleague, with 'shocking' results...

The prevalence of gender bias is an uncomfortable truth for many HR departments - and whilst strides are being made to minimise levels of discrimination, unfortunately instances, such as the following, only serve to highlight how far we have to go.

A male employee at a firm in Philadelphia, US, accidentally swapped email signatures with a female colleague. According to the Daily Mail, Martin Schneider was confused by the "rude and dismissive" responses he received from clients, only to realise that it was down to them believing he was co-worker Nicole Pieri.  

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Comments (3)

  • Helen
    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 1:56pm GMT
    I like Tamara's question, I agree it would be interesting to see if the bias was from male or female clients, or both.
  • Davser
    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 2:04pm BST
    A recent study found that HR professionals exhibited the most bias towards men and overweight women.

  • Tamara
    Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:41am GMT
    It would be interesting to know if the condescension to the 'female' sender came from both male and female clients alike.

    As Schneider observed, his female co worker was used to it.

    The question is: does subconscious bias go deeper, can women themselves be 'guilty' of that same bias?

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