Despite being nearly two decades into the 21st Century women still experience sexual harassment in the workplace. No, it shouldn’t happen, men need to behave better, but it does and making a complaint, let alone taking the matter further, can be difficult, traumatic even.
Here are some organisations you can contact that may be able to help.
USEFUL HELPLINES AND WEBSITES
Rights of Women – specific sexual harassment help line
List of Law Centres
YES Law – specifically for employer/employee issues
If you want to record incidents, try Talk to Spot, a website and App that’s secure. No “human” sees what you’re saying, but it’s a way of getting it off your chest and ensures you have all incidents recorded. You can also record what you see happening to others.
Some useful tips when reporting sexual harassment
- Very strict time limits apply. You have only 3 months from the date of the discrimination to start a claim in the employment tribunal and only 6 months in relation to education or goods and services.
- If you’re a member of a union get in touch with your Union Representative.
- Check your house insurance for legal expenses insurance (an underused resource).
If you’ve experienced harassment and have (or haven’t) brought a claim against your employer, please share any tips or experiences (good, bad and ugly) you have with us and we’ll add them (anonymously if that’s your choice) to this page.