Over 50% of UK Women at Work are Sexually Harassed

Studies show Females in the UK are battling Sexual Harassment

UK – The Trades Union Congress and the Everyday Sexism Project conducted an online sexual harassment survey. The survey reached 1,553 women from YouGov who willingly agreed to respond to workplace sexual harassment questions. The findings of TUC’s research revealed some puzzling results that caused many advocates of women in the workplace to fight for justice.

“New

The results of the sexual harassment survey disclosed that over 50% of women at work are subjected to a form of sexual harassment. The sexual harassment included negative comments regarding the women’s bodies as well as sexual assault on various levels. Sexual joking is a form of sexual harassment that 1 out 3 women in the workplace experience.

Fifty-two percent of the women faced a great deal of unwelcome behavior from their perpetrators that involved “groping, sexual advances, and inappropriate jokes.” Reporting sexual harassment for women ages 16 to 24 increased to 63%, according to the findings.

The study displayed that 1 out of every 8 women who suffered sexual harassment included unwanted physical contact. The unwanted physical contact consisted of sexual contact such as grabbing the chest area or rear end, kissing, or touching the women’s private parts. This kind of sexual harassment is more likely to be labeled as sexual assault in the workplace. Only 1% of the respondents said they experienced criminal sexual conduct such as rape.

A female employee finally decided to depart from the sexual work environment. As her last day came to a close, a male colleague said, “His biggest regret was that he didn’t get a chance to rape her in the store room before she left.” The female employee expressed her fear of going to the store room since her male colleague would often make questionable remarks that could possibly harm her if she ever went there.

In addition to sexual harassment that takes place from co-workers or employees on the same level, the women report that a boss, supervisor, or an individual with authority sexually harasses around 20% of them in the workplace. One woman said, “The senior person in the organization made a series of jokes about giving the boss a rub down or massage.”

Reporting sexual harassment becomes extremely difficult when the managerial staff is responsible for the sexual harassment women experience at work. According to the results, 4 out of every 5 women object to reporting sexual harassment. The women fear reporting sexual harassment could do more damage than the sexual harassment itself. Women said sexual harassment reports would ruin their work reputation and relationships. The women added that most sexual harassment claims would not been reviewed seriously or investigated to comply with the law.

Advocates of Women in the Workplace responds to Results

The general secretary of TUC, Frances O’Grady, said “sexual harassment has no place in a modern workplace.” She labeled the unethical behavior as “undermining and humiliating,” which could damage an employee’s mental health over time.

A Labor Equality representative said, “The law is clear: sexual harassment is discrimination and therefore illegal. Perpetrators must feel the full force of the law.”

The founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates, said according to the results, “There is a gap between the perception and the reality of what women are facing” referring to sexual harassment being non-existent in the workplace.

Bates also argues that women who experience sexual harassment at a young age could be locked into “junior roles or fixed term contracts.” For older women, sexual harassment may become a part of their reality. Either way, its wrong and there are laws such as the Equality Act that protects them from sexual harassment, especially in the manufacturing and hospitality industry where sexual harassment appears to occur the most.

Sexual harassment policies should clearly prohibit sexual harassment and discrimination. In the event that sexual harassment does take place, it is the duty of the managerial staff and HR department to assure the victims that the sexual harassment complaints will be “taken seriously.”

Sexual Harassment Lawyer

The study reflects sexual harassment for women working the UK. Although the location is different, the sexual harassment that women experience there is very similar to the sexual harassment that women experience in the United States. If you have ever endured sexual harassment as an employee in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, contact a sexual harassment lawyer at the Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC in New York, New Jersey, or Philadelphia.

Our experienced sexual harassment lawyers are passionate about representing victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, and assisting them with fighting for their rights. For more information on sexual harassment, read our employment law blog.


New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia Employment Attorneys

If you feel you have been the victim of workplace sexual harassment in New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia or if your employment rights have been violated, then you should immediately contact the NYC, NJ, PA sexual harassment lawyers at the employment law firm of DEREK T. SMITH LAW GROUP, PLLC. No one deserves a hostile work environment.

Call today to schedule a FREE sexual harassment legal advice Consultation in NY, NJ & PA with one of our top rated sexual harassment attorneys here at the Derek T. Smith Law Group you can reach us online or by calling 877-4NYLAWS. Our NYC employment law attorneys handle a variety of cases involving sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and other employment-related claims. We serve clients throughout New York, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We also have offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. to serve you.

Make Sure Your Lawyers Have the Verdicts To Back Up Their Negotiations – Results Matter!


Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC

Top Rated Employment Law Attorneys Representing Employees Exclusively.

 

New York Office
30 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004
Phone: 877-469-5297
Fax: 212-587-4169
Click for street directions »
Philadelphia, PA Office
1845 Walnut Street,
Suite 1600
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-391-4790
Click for street directions »
…..
New Jersey Office | Newark
19 Lyons Ave, Suite 104
Newark, NJ 07112
Phone: 800-807-2209
Fax: 212-587-4169
Click for street directions »
New Jersey Office | Hewitt
73 Forest Lake Drive
Hewitt, NJ 07421
Phone: 800-807-2209
Fax: 212-587-4169
Click for street directions »
…..
Area of Practice Links:
Labor & Employment Law
Workplace Discrimination
New York City Sexual Harassment
New Jersey Sexual Harassment
Philadelphia Sexual Harassment
Wrongful or Retaliatory Termination
Overtime Wage & Hour Violations
…..
New York City Sexual Harassment Lawyer | New York City Discrimination Attorney
Contact Form
X

Contact the Law Offices of Derek T. Smith Law Group PLLC

Please fill out the form below to contact the firm or call our office 877-469-5297 to schedule a free consultation with an Attorney.

  • captcha