Royal Bank of Canada fired its U.S. investment banking chief Blair Fleming because he failed to disclose that he was having an improper relationship with an employee.
“Fleming did not comply with our disclosure and conflict of interest policies relating to workplace relationships,” Gillian McArdle, a spokeswoman for the Toronto-based bank, said Friday in a statement. “When the matter was brought forward we investigated and acted promptly.”
Fleming, whose LinkedIn profile shows that he’s married and has four daughters, didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. When the company announced his departure on Monday, it did so without explanation.
Even though the relationship was consensual, according to a person briefed on the matter, Fleming’s dismissal underscores heightened sensitivities rippling across Wall Street and the corporate landscape as the #MeToo movement holds powerful men accountable for their behavior.
Policies governing personal conduct in the workplace are being enforced more vigorously because of #MeToo, said Andrew Kofsky, a labor and employment counsel at Simpson Thacher in New York.