Goldman Sachs banker kept spreadsheet ranking female recruit bodies: book
A former Goldman Sachs employee alleges the investment bank’s Manhattan headquarters is so rife with misogyny that a colleague held up a spreadsheet ranking female recruits on their « f-kability », stating: « I want the size and shape of the breasts. »
Jamie Fiore Higgins, 46, of Somerset County, New Jersey, writes in her memoir that a male colleague told her she had been promoted « because of her vagina » and was the target of sounds « moo » from his colleagues. who poked fun at her weight after giving birth to her fourth child.
On another occasion, she claims to have been violently slammed against a wall by a male colleague who « wrapped [his hand] around my jaw » and threatened her as she was suspended in the air.
« Who the hell do you think you are? » the man shouted into his face that was only inches from his.
« If I could, I would rip your head off. »
Higgins is the author of « Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs, » which is currently Amazon’s #1 bestseller in the « Financial Services Industry » category.
An excerpt from his book was published by The Times of London.
The investment bank provided a statement to the Post which read, « Had Ms. Higgins raised these allegations with our human resources department at the time, we would have investigated them thoroughly and dealt with them seriously. »
« We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or retaliation against employees who report misconduct. »
A Goldman spokesperson also pointed out that Higgins writes in the « author’s note » portion of the book that the « referenced Goldman Sachs individuals are composite characters. »
« While all of this happened to me, the timing of some events was compressed, » Higgins wrote.
« Where the dialogue appears, my intention was to recreate the essence of the conversations rather than provide verbatim quotes. »
According to Higgins, she said she was dissuaded by her manager from reporting the assault to human resources.
“Imagine what his management will be like if you go into human resources,” his immediate supervisor told him.
Higgins also described an incident in which a male colleague grabbed her thigh so hard that « his fingernails dug into her flesh » at an industry event that took place shortly after she had had a miscarriage.
After giving birth to her first child, Higgins said she asked her manager to move into the office nursing room so she could write emails.
« It’s going to be a problem, » his manager reportedly said.
« You must be at your desk working… So we’re okay, no breastfeeding? »
On another occasion, she said she was asked to remove photos of her children from her desk.
« It’s not a daycare center, » her boss said.
After suffering a second miscarriage, Higgins said her doctor told her she had to take time off work because she became anemic from losing too much blood, which threatened her overall health.
« It’s just not the right time, » his boss told him.
She then returned to work and passed out, according to the book.
In 2015, Higgins gave birth to her fourth child. She said she took the initiative and pumped breast milk into the lactation room.
Returning to her office, she said a male colleague started making « mooing » cow noises while another made gestures as if to indicate « squeezing her breasts ».
Higgins said someone left a toy cow on his desk that made a mooing noise.
« Welcome back, » the note said.
The stress of working at Goldman was so great that Higgins started « popping Xanax like Tic Tacs, » she told The Times of London. But she remained in the role for 17 years due to the lucrative salary, which at one point reached $1 million a year.
« I felt like human poison, » she wrote in the book.
« I would become as toxic as Goldman Sachs. »
Higgins told The Times: « Terrible things have happened to me. »
“But it would be dishonest if I didn’t also share what I did with others. I don’t need to close the loop with this guy [who assaulted her]. I need to show grace for their wrong choices because my husband showed me grace for mine.
A class action lawsuit alleges Goldman operates as a « boys club » that routinely discriminates against women.