I’m sure you would have seen the news and stories about Nicola Sturgeon leader of the SNP facing incredulity as she claimed ignorance of 30 sexual harassment claims against five SNP ministers while she was in office.
Bringing the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace being hidden within business back into the limelight.
While sexual harassment in the workplace has always been an issue, recently the floodgates have opened as more women and men are emboldened to tell their stories. In some instances, these alleged events occurred years and even decades ago, and were repeated over a period.
Why didn’t the victims or witnesses speak up earlier?
Why does it appear that those in positions of power, with knowledge of these acts, failed to intervene?
Our current laws put the onus on individuals to report such incidents, but 4 out of 5 don’t feel able to their employer. As a result of this workplace sexual harassment thrives in a culture of silence, but companies should understand the risks of fostering this type of environment. I am no employment lawyer but this seems very wrong to me!