Ninety per cent of people who claimed successfully for sexual
harassment at employment tribunal had resigned or lost their jobs as a result
of the harassment, according to an EOC report.
The EOC calls on employers to implement and communicate a
complaints procedure to stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace.
In a third of cases the harasser was the director or owner
of the company and a third were the employee’s immediate manager.
Half of the harassment incidents lasted more than two months
and a quarter of cases lasted over a year before the victim made a complaint.
Nearly half of the victims had not made a formal work-based
complaint because they were to embarrassed and felt that there was no one to
Jenny Watson, deputy chair of the EOC, said, “Sexual
harassment, far from being ‘just a bit of fun’ as some people try to claim,
makes people’s lives a misery, affecting their confidence, health as well as
performance at work.”
The report looked at 54 employment tribunal decisions over
the past three years.
By Paul Nelson