ORKPLACE SEXUAL HARASSMENT ADVICE
The term harassment includes unwanted verbal or physical behaviour that creates a hostile work environment – this could be anything from badgering someone to take part in social activities to being subjected to unwarranted criticism about your work performance to harassment that is discriminatory on the grounds of age, race, disability etc. An ongoing parliamentary inquiry into workplace harassment has shown that sexual harassment is far more common than we might previously have thought. The most obvious example is making improper advances but sexual harassment includes telling lewd jokes, sharing sexual images and making sexually offensive gestures. The list goes on....up to and including sexual assault. #MeToo movement shining a spotlight on an issue which is, unfortunately, still prevalent in the modern workplace. Sexual harassment has dominated the headlines recently, with the
The TUC surveyed 1500 women and found that 52% had been victims of unwanted sexual behaviours at work, varying from inappropriate jokes to groping. Shockingly almost 20% cited their manager or someone in a position of authority as being the perpetrator. 80% of those who had been harassed never reported it. A BBC survey carried out in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein case found that half of British women and a fifth of men have been sexually harassed at work. 63% of those women and 79% of the men did not report it. As an employer, sexual harassment can be difficult to deal with, particularly when the perpetrator is a senior member of staff or, worse, the business owner/CEO. However to
turn a blind eye is to be complicit in the behaviour, not to mention falling foul of employment law.
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