Well folks, it looks like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is under the microscope for failing to keep their house in order. The Wall Street Journal has blown the lid off the allegedly toxic workplace at the FDIC, showcasing a culture of harassment and discrimination. Yikes!
Representative Lisa McClain and Rep. Andy Biggs, two upstanding members of Congress, are demanding some serious answers from FDIC chair Martin Gruenberg. They want documents, a briefing, and a whole lot of explaining about how this mess was allowed to fester without anyone stepping in to clean it up. You’ve got some explaining to do, FDIC!
The folks at The Wall Street Journal spilled the tea: female employees at FDIC had to endure a workplace culture straight out of a bad movie. We’re talking about senior bank examiners sending unsolicited photos of their private parts, pressuring colleagues to drink like it’s a frat party, and making lewd comments and advances. Disgusting behavior!
What the Heck Is Going on at the FDIC?
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But wait, there’s more! If female employees had the audacity to say “no thanks” to this offensive culture, they were met with retaliation. Their career opportunities were limited, and they were shunned from leadership roles. Can you believe that? It’s like a real-life nightmare straight out of a cheesy soap opera.
To make matters worse, Gruenberg had to admit he misled the House Financial Services Committee about a past investigation into his inappropriate conduct. It’s not a good look when the head honcho at the FDIC has a shady past of his own.
It’s not just a workplace culture problem either. The FDIC Inspector General called them out back in July 2020 for not having a proper sexual harassment prevention program. It seems like they turned a blind eye to the whole mess instead of addressing it head-on.
Representatives McClain and Biggs are not messing around. They want answers from the FDIC, and they want them pronto. They’ve got a deadline of December 4, 2023, for the FDIC to cough up all the relevant info and documents. Tick tock, FDIC, the lawmakers are waiting!