More than half of women have been sexually harassed at work according to shocking research by the TUC. One in four women have been touched in the work place but feel unable to report it, with one in eight saying someone had tried to kiss them. The survey on 1,500 women found that a third had been subjected to unwelcome jokes while a quater were on the receiving end on comments made about their clothes or bodies.
Out of one in five cases the perpetrator was a line manager or someone in a higher position of authority, with the majority of incidents involving a male.The research also revealed that young women aged between 18-24 were particularly vulnerable, with two thirds saying they suffered sexual harassment at work. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said many women were left feeling that they had no where to turn, and the problem was not taken seriously by male bosses.
“How many times do we still hear that sexual harassment in the workplace is just a bit of ‘banter’ ” she said.”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.”