Sexual harassment isn’t just a problem for celebrities. It’s happening in ordinary workplaces everywhere. It affects us too.
Half of women have been sexually harassed at work. Two thirds of LGBT people have experienced it too. And what’s really shocking is that 4 out of 5 people don’t feel able to report it to their employer.
This has got to change.
The government is consulting on whether current laws provide as much protection as they should. UNISON says a resounding ‘no’.
Please take part in the consultation – whether you’ve been sexually harassed at work or supported someone else, your experience can help improve protections for everyone. Show the government that sexual harassment affects us too.
And please tell us, too. We recently asked health staff about sexual harassment in the NHS and – horrifyingly – among widespread accounts of offensive “banter”, indecent exposure and groping, were three reports of rape.
Now we need to understand the extent of the problem wherever it occurs in other ordinary workplaces so we can make employers responsive to, and responsible for, sexual harassment on their watch. No one should feel unable to report it. Please share your story.
UNISON joins the TUC and more than 30 other organisations in calling on the government to take immediate action on sexual harassment in the workplace.