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One in three workers experience sexual harassment.

The  Australian Human Rights Commission has asked 10,000 people aged 15 and over about sexual harassment at work.

The findings are sobering.

  • Sexual harassment continues to be an unacceptably common feature of Australian workplaces, with one in 3 workers experiencing workplace sexual harassment in the last 5 years
  • Most sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is carried out by men
  • Only 18% of sexual harassment incidents are reported
  • Only a third of Australian workers think their organisation is doing enough

When will women be safe at work? If you are being sexually harassed, it is not your fault. Report incidents to your supervisor or, if the harasser is your supervisor, to the Human Resources department.

The Respect@Work bill passed in Parliament this week means all the recommendations put forth by National Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins in the Respect@Work report are now legislated. 

The historic new laws will place a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, as far as possible. 

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