Have you been the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment in the workplace. A 2018 survey was carried out and contrasted with a survey in 2012. They key findings were as follows:-
- 60% of women say they have experienced some form of sexual harassment, an increase from 21% in 2012;
- There has been an increase in the incidence of sexual harassment in the workplace with 39% of women aged 15 years or older experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace;
- The prevalence of sexual harassment was higher amongst people who are LGBTQI;
- 79% of perpetrators of workplace harassment were and 83% of incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace went unreported;
- 43% of those who did make a formal report about sexual harassment experienced negative consequences as a result – including being labelled a trouble maker (19%), being ostracised, victimised or ignored by colleagues (18%), being disciplined or resigned (17%).
If you have been sexually harassed or assaulted you may have a claim for compensation under State and Commonwealth Laws. In addition you may have a civil claim against the employer and the perpetrator for, including for a psychological impairment/injury. That claim may include for loss of income if it impacted on your ability to continue to work. You may also be able to make a Workers Compensation Claim.
If you would like legal advice regarding your rights in relation to a sexual harassment or sexual assault in the work place, call Peter Moore of Brazel Moore Compensation Lawyers for a free confidential chat.