A third of women face sexual harassment in the workplace

A THIRD of women in Scotland have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a recent survey.

The survey, carried out by pollsters Censuswide Scotland, is understood to be the first research of its kind in Scotland.

The results also revealed that almost 40 per cent of workers have witnessed a colleague being sexually harassed while more than two-thirds of workers who experienced or witnessed harassment chose not to report it to their employer.

Practices must have appropriate sex discrimination and sex harassment policies in place as disciplinary procedures may be invoked if there is evidence of sexual harassment in the workplace. Issues may arise if, for example, an employee persists with unwanted attention towards a colleague.

You can read our article on how to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace here.

This is a sensitive and complex area of employee relations and if you need any support or advice please contact our employment law advisers on advice@mddus.com or on 0333 043 4444.