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Sexual harassment in Australia – What’s going on?

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HC Online | 23 Aug 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Despite nearly three decades of legislation and increased awareness of the problem, sexual harassment remains a significant problem in the workplace. Stuart King reports on the latest survey findings.
  • Bernie Althofer | 23 Aug 2012, 01:26 PM Agree 0
    Interesting results. It is a concern when organisations have well documented policies and procedures in relation to a range of counterproductive behaviours e.g. sexual harassment and bullying and despite training being delivered, individuals seek external advice regarding their options. It would be interesting to see how many people realised that they had been sexually harassed, sought advice on resolution options and then decided to do nothing (and the reasons for this action).

    Knowing about the unreported incidents and the reasons for not reporting is as important, if not more important than knowing about the reported incidents. There may be underlying workplace culture issues that impact on those who report, so much so that anyone who reports (or even supports those who report) are victimised or targeted.

    As Stuart has indicated, comprehensive proactive and preventive training that also incorporates recent decisions from Courts, Commissions and Tribunals, has to be ongoing.

    It might also be the case that allegations of sexual harassment also include allegations about bullying and other workplace relations issues.
  • Stuart King | 23 Aug 2012, 09:16 PM Agree 0
    Thank you for your insightful comments Bernie. Our data continues to be reviewed and we are looking at issues of other behaviours linked to sexual harassment like Bullying.
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