Half of women "sexually harassed at work"

TUC study finds

Over half of women (52%) in Britain say they have been sexually harassed at work, a new research by TUC has found.

The same sample went on to admit that they haven’t reported incidents.

TUC’s survey of 1,500 women found that a third were the butt of inappropriate jokes and unwanted touching.

TUC head Frances O’Grady told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It makes us miserable at work where we just want to do our job and be respected.”

Here are the key findings of the report:

  • In nine out of 10 cases the perpetrator was male and nearly one in five women (17%) said it was their line manager, or someone with direct authority over them.
  • Some 79% of women who said they were victims of sexual harassment did not tell their employer. Reasons given included fear that reporting would affect their relationships at work (28%) or their career prospects (15%).
  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of those who did not report abuse said it was because they felt that they would not be believed or taken seriously and 20% said they were too embarrassed.

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