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New TUC poll finds 3 in 5 women in the UK say they have experienced harassment at work

TUC, a national trade union centre for unions across England and Wales, recent poll of more than 1,000 women revealed that 3 in 5 women have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse at work. This figure rises to almost 2 in 3 women aged 25 to 34.

Crucially, 2 out of 5 incidents referenced harassment from a third party, such as a customer, client or member of the public, which rose to around 50% amongst incidents reported by women aged 25 to 34.

The data also reveals underreporting to be a major cause for concern, with just one in three women who experienced sexual harassment at work reporting it to their employer. Common reasons for not reporting harassment include: (1) feeling that they would not be taken seriously or believed (39%); (2) concerns that it may negatively impact their relationships at work (37%), and; (3) concerns it may negatively impact their career prospects (25%).

Read a full breakdown of poll findings from TUC here.

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