Employers video: Sexual harassment: Know where the line is

Employers video: Sexual harassment: Know where the line is


Everyone has the right to be free from discrimination and harassment in all aspects of our lives in particularly in the workplace. Employers have a legislative responsibility to have a safe and equitable workplace. Employees have a responsibility to learn about sexual harassment so they recognise it when and if it happens in their workplace. The sad reality is that the prevalence of sexual harassment isn’t reducing despite our very best efforts to do something about it. That’s a problem for all of us. Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and it has a negative impact on women’s well-being and health, but not only that it has an impact on their career, their ability to stay attached to the labour market and also ultimately on their economic independance. The reason it’s so important to get rid of sexual harassment in the workplace is it really impacts upon productivity. People who have been harassed are more likely to experience stress, depression or anxiety. That means their more likely to have more days off work, their capacity to deliver in the workplace, their productivity will go down and of course there’s reputational damage for the business involved. Everyone has a role in ending workplace sexual harassment. Now bystanders, that’s people who hear about it or observe such behaviour have a key role in calling out workplace harassment and supporting their colleagues who might be experiencing it. Unless we work together, and that’s community, government, unions and business to create more gender equitable workplaces we will never see an end to workplace sexual harassment.

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