Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Workplace sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that violates a worker’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, or offensive environment. It is recognised under multiple international agreements and laws as sex discrimination and must be eliminated in creating gender-equal societies and workplaces.
In a 4 nation approach to eradicate sexual harassment in the workplace across the UK, Chwarae Teg, Fawcett Society, WRDA and Close the Gap have come together to create a UK-wide campaign for change.
The project, funded by Rosa: Now’s The Time Challenge fund has undertaken research on how employers, managers, and women view current experiences of sexual harassment and identifies five key requirements to create a workplace that does not tolerate sexual harassment: culture; policy; training; reporting mechanisms; and the way employers respond to reports. View the full report here: Fawcett report.
Key findings from the latest report, show that:
- At least 40% of women have experienced workplace harassment, and women who are marginalised for other reasons, such as race or disability, face an increased risk and different forms of sexual harassment
- 45% of women in a recent survey reported experiencing harassment online through sexual messages, cyber harassment and sexual calls
- Almost a quarter of women who had been sexually harassed said the harassment had increased or escalated since the start of the pandemic while they were working from home
- Almost seven in ten (68%) disabled women reported being sexually harassed at work, compared to 52% of women in general
- Ethnic minority workers (women and men) reported higher rates (32%) of sexual harassment than white workers (28%) over the last 12 months
- A poll of LGBT workers found that 68% had experienced some form of harassment in the workplace
The project has also worked with employers across the UK to promote Anti-Sexual Harassment best practice within their organisations and created employer-focused resources to promote a proactive and responsive culture.
A toolkit of employer-focused resources has been created, supporting employers to be more proactive in their efforts towards eradicating sexual harassment in the workplace.
The toolkit will:
- Help employers understand what is sexual harassment
- Provide confidence and skills to tackle sexual harassment at work
- Develop stand-alone anti-sexual harassment policies
- Create harassment-free cultures within their organisations
The toolkit includes:
- Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Report
- Where to start – A guide for Employers
- Climate survey Template
- Template Sexual Harassment Policy and Guidance
- Campaign Video
- Template Campaign Posters
- Example Campaign Posters (South Wales Police)
- Case studies (Employers and Survivors)
- ASH Pioneer Training Materials
- Further Support and Guidance for Employers
- Support Organisations and Helplines for Employees
- Intersectionality – A Guide for Employers