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The Industries Rife With Sexual Harassment – Is Yours On The List?

The industries rife with sexual harassment – is yours on the list?

The Australian Human Rights Commission has revealed the industries rife with sexual harassment.

According to a survey conducted by the AHRC, the most complained about industry is information, media and telecommunications.

The arts and recreation sectors, in addition to electricity, gas, waste and water services also top the list.

The industries rife with sexual harassment

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins presented the statistics at the launch of the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.

The research found that 71 percent of Australians experienced sexual harassment.

It also found the number of reported incidence of sexual harassment jumped from 21 percent in 2012 to 33 percent in 2018.

Earlier, Jenkins told the National Press Club:

“The results of the survey are perhaps more timely and relevant in 2018 than ever before, with the huge surge in public concern about sexual harassment generated by the #MeToo movement around the world, including in Australia.”

Kate Jenkins – Sex Discrimination Commissioner speaking at the National Press Club.  (Picture: The Monthly)

Sexual harassment by industry

The survey results shown as a percentage of the number of people in different industries who reported experiencing sexual harassment:

(Source: Australian Human Rights Commission)

Inquiry hears horror stories

Meanwhile, industrial advocate Miles Heffernan described the survey results as “troubling”.

“What these statistics firstly show is that sexual harassment is a major problem in Australian workplaces,” he said.

Mr Heffernan pointed to written submissions from workers to the inquiry which the Commission subsequently published.

“The submissions make for disturbing reading,” he said. “They describe the horrific experiences women and also some men have endured in the workplace at the hands of their boss or co-workers.

“It is my hope that when Ms Jenkins delivers her findings and recommendations, the government will then respond quickly to implement changes to prevent this appalling conduct.”

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Report due later in year 

Mr Heffernan advised anyone who has experienced sexual harassment in addition to any form of discrimination to seek expert advice from an employment law specialist.

The National Inquiry will issue its report later in the year.

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