The title of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) report published today (click here to read the full report) highlights that over half of women have been sexually harassed at work
The TUC in partnership with Everyday Sexism Project has conducted the largest ever survey of sexual harassment at work. 1,553 women were surveyed and of them, 52% said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment at work: In the 16-24yr age range that figure increases to 63%.
Sexual harassment can take many forms, inappropriate jokes or comments about a person body or sex life are just as much sexual harassment as unwanted touching of a persons body parts or requests for sexual favours. It is not ‘just a bit of banter’. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination and it is illegal. No one should be subject to sexual harassment at work.
The Equality Act 2010 defines sexual harassment as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purposes or effect of violating someone’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading humiliating or offensive environment for them. Too few women report the behaviour. 79% of those surveyed said that they did not report their experience of sexual harassment. Only 6% said that they reported it and it was taken seriously and dealt with satisfactorily.
Our advice, if you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, is to report it. If it isn’t taken seriously and dealt with in a satisfactory manner follow your company’s grievance procedure and think about contacting a solicitor. Wilson Browne Solicitors have a dedicated employment team so you don’t need to suffer in silence. Sexual harassment in the workplace is not acceptable and with our help, you can do something about it.
For advice or assistance please contact Marianne Stapleton.