A new survey done by Abacus Data indicates nearly 60 percent of women in the workforce in Canada between the ages of 30 and 44 say they have experienced unwanted sexual pressure at work. A further 20 percent of women polled go on to say that this kind of harassment happens very often to them. On the other side, 85 percent of men say it never happens to them.
The survey follows hard on the heels of numerous allegations of sexual harassment leveled against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Many more actors and artists have come forward to shed light on what appears to be a systemic problem in the movie industry with many male stars now accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour. The Abacus survey, of course, isn't about what happens in Hollywood, it's about what happens every day in Canadian businesses.
What constitutes sexual harassment? The BC Human Rights Clinic breaks it into three parts:
The numbers in the study are, quite frankly, disturbing. It's a good time for any business to revisit company policies around harassment of any kind. BBB prides itself on trust and transparency at every level and this includes operating with the following standards in day-to-day operations.
BBB policies are very clear.
We do not tolerate harassment or bullying on any grounds. This includes:
What do you do if you are faced with harassment? (From the BC Human Rights Clinic)
Whether BBB is dealing with consumers and businesses or employees and colleagues, mutual respect and understanding are paramount to our success.