RLC in the Media: CLCs call for overhaul of 'broken laws' targeting sexual harassment in the workplace

Community Legal Centres have today released a comprehensive report, #MeToo: Legal Responses to Sexual Harassment at Work.

The report makes over 45 recomendations calling for harsher penalties and an overhaul of "broken" laws to protect workers from sexual harassment.

Anna Patty reports for The Sydney Morning Herald. 

The report details the endemic nature of sexual harassment in workplaces across Australia, and suggests key reforms to reduce sexual harassment, increase reporting, and radically change workplace culture.

Sharmilla Bargon, Employment Law solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre, said reports at work were “skyrocketing”.

“The escalating levels of sexual harassment we’re seeing have completely blown out and are simply unacceptable. We regularly advise clients who have been sexually harassed and are then fired or bullied when they report it,” she said.

“We also know that women with disability, LGBTQ+ people, Indigenous women, young people and women of colour are more likely to experience sexual harassment.”

“We need harsher penalties for employers who refuse to institute transparent and effective complaints procedures, and who victimise complainants rather than disciplining perpetrators.”

Read the full article here (The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2019)

Download the full report here.