UK: TWO THIRDS OF YOUNG WOMEN HARASSED

A new poll conducted by the TUC reveals a majority of women workers in the UK have experienced sexual harassment, bullying, or verbal abuse on the job.

Out of more than 1,000 women surveyed, three in five (58%) reported such incidents, with the figure rising to almost two-thirds (62%) for women workers aged 25 to 34.

The poll also highlights that most victims choose not to report the harassment due to fear of not being believed or damaging their work relationships and employment prospects.

The survey reveals that the incidents of harassment are often not isolated, with over three in five (57%) women experiencing three or more bullying incidents at work and two in five (43%) facing at least three incidents of sexual harassment.

In 39% of the most recent incidents, the perpetrator was a third party rather than a fellow employee.

The impact of harassment on victims is significant, with 45% reporting negative impacts on their mental health.

One in four women avoided certain work situations to avoid the perpetrator, with more than one in four (27%) expressing a desire to leave their job though they felt unable to do so.

Nearly one in five (18%) left their job as a direct result of the mistreatment they endured.

Access the full report here

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