LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Amanda Blanc, the CEO of insurer Aviva (AV.L), told British lawmakers on Wednesday that physical and verbal harassment of women in financial services eclipsed other industries and that she had heard “absolutely appalling” stories.

Blanc, giving evidence to the Treasury Committee on sexism in finance, said she had posted a message on LinkedIn before appearing before lawmakers and had been “inundated” by private messages from women about “predominantly poor experiences”.

“I have been in the situation where I have had a pregnancy test in one hand and a job offer in the other, and a boss who says: ‘You still join’,” she said.

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