Sexual Harassment in the City |

The recent £3.2million awarded by the Employment Tribunal in relation to a sexual harassment claim by a female London based employee of a Russian bank once again highlights the fact that many City working environments house a culture of sexism and machismo in what still remains a male dominated environment.

Research shows that more than half of women have experienced a male colleague acting inappropriately towards them at some time and, although this was a particularly extreme case (with the huge award for comprising £3.14m for lost earnings, £44,000 for hurt feelings and £15,000 in aggravated damages), the expensive lessons employers should be learning from tribunal cases, seem to somewhat pass them by.

Although sexual harassment can be both experienced and incited by both men and women, by far the most common issue in City institutions is that suffered by women at the hands of their male work colleagues.

Some of the most common forms of sexual harassment in the workplace include:

Being on the receiving end of sexist remarks or chauvinist jokes

  • Inappropriate comments about dress
  • Being proposition in a manner which makes them feel awkward
  • Being referred to inappropriately my male colleagues in front of others
  • Being touched in an uncomfortable manner

And, increasingly, many women find that they are subject to inappropriate behaviour and comments through email and social media.

Being exposed to harassment can have extremely detrimental effects on an individual including mental and physical health problems, fear of not being believed and being perceived a “trouble maker” and concerns about future work prospects. It is for these reasons that many women do not report their experiences and the problem is allowed to continue unchecked in many workplaces. Employers MUST take a proactive approach to identifying, addressing and preventing sexual harassment in their organisations by taking a firm stance against any employees behaving inappropriately.

At Park City we are experts in Human Resources issues and can help you manage a sexual harassment claim by an employee, provide training around the subject for managers and help finesse your Equal Opportunities and Harassment & Bullying Employment Policies. Speak to one of our highly experienced consultants today.




Online HR Software

See how easy it is to manage your HR admin online. One of our experts can guide you through the system. In a few minutes, you'll see how it can save hours and hours of admin. Book a demo

We will process your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You may withdraw this consent at any time by updating your preferences.  We make this easy for you by placing a link to your preferences in the footer of every email we send you.

Park City Call Back

We will respond to your call back within 24 hours during business working hours

Please enter your name
Ask a question and get FREE advice

Juliet Price is the Managing Director here at Park City and has extensive, specialist knowledge in HR, Health & Safety and staff development. Enter your question below and we'll be back in touch soon with an answer!

Please enter your name
Please enter your telephone number
Please enter your question
Discover how your people truly feel

Dig deeper into underlying issues, spot opportunities, take action and track progress. Listen , review and take action with real-time reports. Download information about the WeThrive product toolbox, our recommended employee engagement solution.

Please enter your first name
Please enter your surname
Please enter your company name
Please enter your email address
Please enter your telephone number