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How You Should Best Deal With Sexual Harassment Claims

August 22nd, 2018

Whether you have directly experienced it or seen it happen to someone else, you will know how much of a focus has been placed on tackling workplace issues such as sexual harassment. Solicitors can provide valuable advice on the best course of action to take with a claim, regardless of the profession you work in.

A new survey from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UNISON and the University of Surrey identified that hundreds of police staff have found themselves on the end of some form of harassment. Speaking to almost 1,800 people, half of them had said they had been subjected to sexual-related jokes and one in five said they received explicit emails or texts.

In fact, one in 25 claimed that they had been pressured to have sex, while one in 12 said they could receive special treatment in return for sexual favours.

You will find that the research also highlighted the more serious forms of harassment were less likely to be reported. Almost 39 per cent involved in the study said that keeping quiet on their treatment was easier than reporting it, while 37 per cent said that nothing would be done if they chose to speak out about it.

If you have reached out to your HR department, you should not the let the issue fall silent without seeking legal advice on some of the best options to tackle it. You should consider the possibility of holding an employer accountable for their failure to deal with the issue, as well as the possibility of going to an employment tribunal and seeking any compensation that could be owed to you.

Professor Jennifer Brown, who led the research and works for the department of social policy at LSE, commented: “This research finds levels of sexual harassment consistent with that reported in police forces internationally as well as other workplace surveys.

“This is a serious problem for police forces. When staff are already under pressure, what they need is to be able to work in an environment that respects them rather than generates yet further stress.”

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary for the Labour Party, told the Guardian: “UK police forces need to ask themselves serious questions about the environment in which this level of harassment is able to thrive. More needs to be done to ensure there is a clear zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.”

According to research from Monster Jobs (via the HRDIRECTOR), more than a quarter of workers in the UK have reported sexual misconduct they’ve either seen or experienced in the workplace thanks to movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up.

The findings identified that 31 per cent said that they had either seen or been on the receiving end of inequality in the workplace over the past year. There was 25 per cent of women who said they had experienced it, while only nine per cent of men said the same.

If you have ever been harassed, then you should consider taking the legal route and not allow it to prolong and the situation to become worse in the long term.

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