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Young women face workplace harassment

Published: September 19, 2016

Many young women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work, according to a new survey.

Research by the TUC revealed two in three young female workers have been subjected to sexual harassment at their place of work.

The study, part of the Everyday Sexism Project, found 52 per cent of women in general and 63 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 years have been harassed at some point during their working life.

In 88 per cent of cases the person responsible for the sexual harassment was male, with 17 per cent claiming the unwanted behaviour was made by their line manager or someone in a position of direct authority.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady has called on employers to take a strong stance against any form of harassment in the workplace.

She added: “Let’s be clear – sexual harassment is undermining, humiliating and can have a huge effect on mental health. Victims are often left feeling ashamed and frightened. It has no place in a modern workplace, or in wider society.

“Employers must be clear they have a zero tolerance attitude to sexual harassment and treat any complaint seriously. It’s a scandal that so few women feel their bosses are dealing with the issue properly.”

Sexual harassment covers a wide spectrum of behaviour, including suggestive remarks and inappropriate touching.

Mitrefinch offers a range of HR software solutions that can help support employees in the workplace.

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