Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is sometimes dismissed as being 'banter' or just a joke. In fact it can have serious consequences. It can cause stress and have a negative impact on mental and physical health. Sexual harassment may drive those experiencing it to leave their job altogether.

Sexual harassment at work is completely unacceptable and cannot be tolerated, but it is still prevalent in UK workplaces to a shocking degree. In 2016, the TUC joined forces with the Everyday Sexism Project to produce a report - Still just a bit of banter? Among its findings, more than half of women - and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18-24 - reported experiencing workplace sexual harassment. 80% of incidents went unreported, for reasons such as fear of career damage, of not being believed, or of not being taken seriously.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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