From Westminster to Hollywood and more recently the charity sector, reports of sexual harassment have become a regular feature in headline news.
A study by the Everyday Sexism Project and the Trades Union Congress found that over 50% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
It’s not just women that are the victims of sexual harassment, men are too; with 35% of those suffering harassment being male.
Despite laws being in place to prevent sexual harassment, it is still taking place at an astounding rate with over 80% of victims reluctant to report incidents fearing it will impact on their career and reputation.
High profile cases have only highlighted the extent to which sexual harassment is an ongoing problem.
Whether incidents are current or historic, every organisation will need a bespoke approach to addressing sexual harassment. Employers should not only review their policies on sexual harassment in the workplace but also clearly communicate their policies to employees to ensure that incidents do not occur. The key is to not wait until any issues are exposed as the damage can be catastrophic.
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