How To Report Sexual Harassment At Work

Emma Thompson has branded Harvey Weinstein a “predator”, saying his alleged behaviour is just the tip of the “iceberg” and “endemic to the system” when it comes to the treatment of women in Hollywood.

Claims about Weinstein have prompted women to come out and speak about their own experiences of sexual assault and harassment at work.

Many of the women, who come from a range of different industries, have revealed how – until now – they felt powerless to speak the truth.

A 2016 report showed more than half of women have experienced sexual harassment at work – from unwanted touching to demands for sexual favours.

Sexual harassment is described by Citizens Advice as being unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which: violates your dignity; makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated; or creates a hostile or offensive environment. It is a form of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

:: making sexual comments or jokes

:: physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, touching and various forms of sexual assault

:: displaying pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature

:: sending emails containing sexual content.

A 2016 report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in collaboration with the Everyday Sexism Project found 52% of women and 63% of young women (aged 18 to 24 years old) had experienced sexual harassment at work. Of those who said they had experienced it, 79% did not tell their employer about what was happening.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, reiterates the importance of creating a culture where women can come forward for help.

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable in any workplace. Many women feel too frightened to come forward,” she told HuffPost UK.

“That’s why every employer must adopt a zero tolerance attitude, treat every complaint seriously and take action against men …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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