An employee of Caixa Econômica Federal accuses the former president of the bank Pedro Guimarães of harassing her at a company dinner in Brasília, which took place at the beginning of last year.
The executive would have hugged the server around the waist to take a picture, held the hug against the woman’s will and then asked her to “hug him tight”. The new report, published by the newspaper “O Estado de S. Paulo”, resembles the testimony of other alleged victims.
“Keep your hand. Hug me tight, squeeze me, are you afraid of me?” said Guimarães, as the servant told the publication.
The complaints against Pedro Guimarães, which include unauthorized intimate touches, inappropriate approaches and incompatible invitations to the work relationship, began to emerge at the end of last year and were exposed this week through a report published by the news website “Metrópoles”.
All the women who spoke to the vehicle, without their names being disclosed, work or worked in teams that directly serve the Caixa presidency’s office.
The five interviewees said they felt abused on different occasions, and always on work commitments. The cases often happened on trips related to the Caixa Mais Brasil program.
According to a report, the president of the bank chooses, preferably, “beautiful women” for the entourage on the trips. According to Ana*, one of the employees who denounced the harassment, the statement of choice is like a prize.
Another common practice, according to the employees, is that women who attract Guimarães’ attention while traveling are called to work in Brasília, often promoted hierarchically without fulfilling the necessary requirements. The practice even gave rise to an expression used to refer to them: “flying saucer”.
in contact with the UOLthe Ministry of Economy said it will not comment on the case.
In a statement, Caixa states that “it is not aware of the complaints presented by the vehicle and that it adopts measures to eliminate conduct related to any type of harassment.”. In the text sent to the UOLthe institution says that “the bank has a solid system of integrity, anchored in compliance with the various prevention protocols, the Code of Ethics and the Code of Conduct, which prohibit the practice of ‘any type of harassment, through verbal or physical conduct of humiliation, coercion or threat'”.
O UOL also contacted Pedro Guimarães by e-mail and by phone to comment on the allegations. The text will be updated in case of manifestation.