Sexual harassment in the workplace – How to deal with it

A large majority of women have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a survey of 6,000 working people.

In addition, more than a third say it has affected their careers, according to the recent 2022 Gender Equality in the Workplace report by Randstad.

It found that harassment was most likely in the construction and tech industries, with almost half (45 per cent) of women in construction and 42 per cent in tech saying that sexual harassment had either a lot or some impact on their career.

The findings also showed that 72 per cent of women had either encountered or witnessed inappropriate behaviour from male colleagues at work, and that two-thirds had experienced gender discrimination in some form.

The research also found that women working in education and facilities management were the least likely to say that sexual harassment affected their careers (29 and 26 per cent respectively).

What should be done

Employers need to demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to prevent harassment. In most cases, employers will be legally responsible for harassment suffered by their staff during the course of employment.

Some measures might include:

For help and advice on harassment in the workplace and related matters, contact our employment law team today.

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