Three in five women have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse while at work according to new research, as unions highlight the urgency of legislation to protect women in the workplace.
This rises to two-thirds of young women, according to a new poll released by the Trades Union Congress. Of those who have experienced sexual harassment, two in five women said it had happened to them at least three times.
“Sexual harassment is happening on an industrial scale in workplaces across Britain,” said TUC general secretary Paul Nowak in a letter urging the government to deliver on its promise to protect women at work through new legislation.
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The findings come as a number of high-profile men have left their jobs following allegations of sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse.
In recent days, Tesco chairman John Allan has been accused of inappropriate behaviour, including touching the bottoms of two different women, and of making inappropriate remarks on multiple occasions. He has denied all but one of the allegations and remains in the role.
Former deputy prime minister Dominic Raab recently resigned after an investigation found he bullied colleges, driving some to tears or to throw up before meetings with him.