Coronavirus: Increase in Workplace Sexual Harassment
by Sunny Rafaeli
A recent survey conducted by a women’s charity, Rights of Women, has highlighted that sexual harassment of women at work has increased during Covid-19.
Online platforms such as Zoom and Teams which employers rely on for remote working, have given harassers a new way of accessing their victims.
The results of the survey reveal that 23% of those women experiencing sexual harassment at work reported an increase of the harassment since the start of lockdown in March 2020, with 15% of those surveyed reporting that some or all of the harassment has moved online.
Employers should be aware that, especially during these difficult economic times, employees may be more reluctant to report issues for fear of losing their jobs.
The actions of employers can demonstrate the ‘reasonable steps’ defence in employment tribunals should the employer ever face a sexual harassment claim. Employers should review their anti-harassment and equal opportunities policies to ensure that they cover online forms of harassment and arrange training where appropriate.
It is also critical that employers emphasise to their employees how they can raise any concerns.
We can confidentially discuss any harassment issues you’re facing and advise you of the best course of action. If you require our advice in relation to your employment matter, please contact our specialist employment team at Lennons. We can be contacted on 01494 773377 or [email protected]
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