Recent events as reported widely in the media, along with support for equality and diversity at high profile events like the Oscars, it has become clear that more and more organisations are having to put in place measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace in order to create an open and trusting organisational structure.
On this note, just last month, Ksenia Zheltoukhova, Head of Research at the CIPD, gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee as part of a one-off session on sexual harassment in the workplace.
Reporting on this event, the CIPD informs us that the session ‘investigated employer responses to reports of sexual harassment, the adequacy of the law, and the advice available to employers and HR professionals.” Read more here.
The CIPD articles goes on to report that “In the UK, nearly two in three young women have experienced sexual harassment at work, and 79% of all women who have experienced workplace sexual harassment did not tell their employer.”
The reasons for this reluctance to report sexual harassment in the workplace range from the lack of a formal process to a lack of trust in the employer to handle the complaint fairly or correctly.
To this end, employers should be looking at their policies and procedures for reporting and managing complaints of sexual harassment as well as whether they are truly running an open and trusting business. This issue is not going away; so act now rather than face a problem or claim in the future.
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