On the 2nd anniversary of #MeToo, 1 in 4 young women still fear they’ll be fired for reporting sexual harassment

Despite TUC research showing that 63 percent of young women have been sexually harassed at work, Young Women’s Trust can reveal that just six percent of young women who experienced this say they have reported it.
When asked what would put them off reporting a quarter say they fear losing their job, one in five say they feared being given fewer hours at work and one in three say they do not know how to report sexual harassment.

The Government recently consulted on possible measures it could take to reduce workplace sexual harassment and make it easier for workers to report issues.

Young Women’s Trust is calling on the Government to:

  • put a legal duty on employers to take proactive action to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces;
  • reinstate section 40 of the Equality Act 2010, which made employers liable for harassment of their employees by a third party (e.g. clients and customers);
  • place a legal duty on employers and organisations to protect interns and volunteers from sexual harassment; and
  • extend the three month time limit for employees to bring tribunal cases under the Equality Act to at least six months. 


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