Comments are closed. Low earners most likely prey of office sex pestsOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Young women on low pay and who have been in their job for less than a yearare the most likely members of staff to fall victim to sexual harassment,according to an Equal Opportunities Commission report. Sexual Harassment at Work urges employers to adopt clear policies forharassment and to implement and communicate an effective complaints procedure. The EOC examined 54 tribunal decisions on sexual harassment from the pastthree years. It found that nearly all of the 34 employees who won their caseslost their job or resigned as a result of the harassment. In half of the tribunals, the sexual harassment lasted for over two months,and in a quarter it lasted for over a year before the victim complained. Nearlyhalf of the staff concerned had not made a formal work-based complaint becausethey were too embarrassed and felt there was no one to complain to. Commenting on the findings, Dianah Worman, equality adviser at the CIPD,said, “It is vital that companies have a policy that is well communicatedso victimised employees know what channels to go through and where to start. “Employers need to be on their toes about sexual harassment. Systemsmust be in place as intimidating behaviour affects performance.” In a third of cases, the guilty party was a company director or owner. Afurther third were the claimants’ line managers. John Monks, TUC general secretary, believes the report casts doubt on theGovernment’s attempts to reduce the number of tribunal claims. He said, “We are concerned that government proposals to introducecharges for tribunals will make it harder for victims of sexual harassment toget justice. As the report shows, many victims are low paid workers who wouldfind it hard to raise the cash needed to bring a case.” www.eoc.org.ukBy Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.