Companies ‘sexual harassment’

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Companies, public authorities and the regulatory authorities are not the combating of sexual harassment in the workplace, say the deputies.

The Parliamentary women and the equality Committee published a five-point plan to deal with the problem.

It follows a BBC poll found that 53% of women and 20% of men said they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Chairman of the Committee, Maria Miller MP, said: “the government, the regulatory authorities and the employers in fulfilling their responsibility for much too long.”

“It is significant, focus on other corporate governance issues such as the protection of personal data and the prevention of money laundering.

“It is time to have the same weight on the combat of sexual harassment.”Make the employer responsible

In the last year, the ComRes survey for BBC Radio 5 suggests, for those who have been harassed had one in 10 women had been sexually harassed, more than a quarter had suffered harassment in the form of inappropriate jokes or “banter”, and almost seven suffered to touch inappropriately.

It was found that of the women who had been bullied, 63% said they did not want to kept the report to anyone, and 79% of the male victim, it for.

The Committee’s report calls for:
A duty for employers to prevent harassment
A more active role of the Supervisory authorities
Easier recourse to the courts
Clarification of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
Better data on sexual harassment

David M. Benett

The Committee heard evidence from experts on employment law and also of Harvey Weinstein’s former assistant, Zelda Perkins, described the missing the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that they had to sign after leaving the film company Miramax as “moral.”

She said in Committee: “It may not be a legal document that protects criminal behavior,”

The report said that the NDAs will be used, not to mention unethical by some employers, and some members of the legal profession, the victims of sexual harassment.

Ms Miller said: “NDAs have their place in the settlement of complaints, but they may not be used to prevent or discourage the victim from reporting incidents, as is clearly the case. We expect that the proper regulation of NDAs and unethical practices lead to strong and appropriate sanctions.” ‘Long over-due”

TUC General Secretary Frances O’grady, said: “Sexual harassment has a great impact on the lives of women and career. The TUC supports, make the employer responsible for preventing sexual harassment.

“It is good to see that the Committee recommends long-overdue reforms to the court system so that it works for a victim of sexual harassment, and a new code of practice for employers.”

Ms Miller said that the enforcement by courts was not sufficient. She said: “The burden falls unexpectedly on the individual to hold harassers and employers to take into account when you hesitate, because of the fear of victimisation.”