Employers must tackle sexual harassment

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Responding to the Women and Equalities Committee’s report on sexual harassment in the workplace, published today (25 July), Young Women's Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said:

“Young Women’s Trust welcomes the Women and Equalities Committee’s report to tackle sexual harassment at work.

“Too many young women are facing sexual harassment while trying to carry out their jobs. It is shocking how many employers are aware of this in their own workplace – yet are not taking action.

“Reporting sexual harassment can be hard and particularly so if you are in a junior role, on low pay or in insecure work, for fear of losing your job and your income.

“We have heard a huge amount of testimonies that show how widespread this problem is but so far we have seen very little action. The Government and employers must now commit to taking action without delay. This means making it easier to report incidents, putting in place unbiased processes that do not penalise victims and improving workplace cultures.”


 Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.

  2. Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee conducted a six month enquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace and the final report was published today (25 July 2018).

  3. Young Women’s Trust commissioned YouGov to conduct a survey of 800 HR decision-makers between 5 April and 3 May 2017. The survey showed that:

    • eight per cent say they are aware of incidents of sexual harassment in their workplace that have gone unreported, including 12 per cent of large employers (one in eight); and

    • seven per cent of employers say there have been formal reports of sexual harassment in their workplace, including ten per cent of large employers (one in ten).

  4. Young Women’s Trust commissioned Populus Data Solutions to conduct a survey of young people. A representative sample of 4,010 18-30 year-olds in England and Wales, from the Populus Live Online Panel, were surveyed between 4 and 14 July 2017. The survey found that:

    • six per cent of women aged 18-30 said they were treated less well than others when working or looking for work because they turned down sexual advances; and

    • three in ten young women (30 per cent) said they had experienced sex discrimination when working or looking for work.

For more information, please contact Bex Bailey on bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or 07963018281.