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.

A 2014 study Violence Against Women by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency found that one in three women who has experienced sexual harassment felt fearful as a result, while one in five felt ashamed of what had taken place. Subsequently, feelings of vulnerability were experienced by 20% of women, anxiety by 14% and loss of self-confidence by 13%.

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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