‘Sexual Playthings’: #MeToo moment for Anadarko’s Denver office

DENVER (BY: CATHERINE TRAYWICK, BLOOMBERG) -- Soon after Robin Olsen left her job in the Denver office of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., she drafted a letter with her lawyer’s help.

“Anadarko has a culture of treating women as sexual playthings who are present at work merely for men’s sexual gratification,” it said.

Olsen’s 2017 letter to Anadarko went on to describe a toxic culture in the satellite office, where 550 of the company’s 4,700 employees work, and where she said sexual harassment wasn’t punished and women who complained about it were.

Anadarko, which agreed last week to be sold to Chevron Corp. for $33 billion, vigorously disputes Olsen’s characterizations of the company.

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