In 1987, at her first job after college at investment bank Salomon Brothers, Sallie Krawcheck came to work every day to a photocopy of a penis on her desk.
The former Citigroup CFO describes the sexual harassment in her new book, “Own It,” which was released this month.
“The first time it happened, I didn’t know what it was,” Krawcheck tells CNBC. “I was like, ‘What is this strange, artistic, squishy-looking distorted thing?'”
When it happened day after day, however, Krawcheck got the message.
“I was upset. And I was humiliated. And I was embarrassed. And I felt shame. And I knew they didn’t want me there,” she says of the men she worked with at the time.
Her response was to make jokes with her colleagues about the size of the Xeroxed penises.
Krawcheck didn’t report these incidents to anyone — not HR, not her boss — mostly because she needed that paycheck.