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Sex discrimination claims by workers increases by 69% to 5 year high in wake of #MeToo

Sex discrimination claims by workers increases by 69% to 5 year high in wake of #MeToo

The Telegraph - 8 July 2019

Sexual discrimination claims by workers have soared to a five-year high in the wake of the Me Too movement, new figures show.

There has been an avalanche of complaints of workplace sexual discrimination in the last year according to employment law firm, GQ Littler who report that more than 9,300 claims have been made in the past year, marking a 69 per cent increase. 

Women are increasingly likely to come forward and report discrimination in the workplace since the birth of the #MeToo movement according to employment lawyers.

Moves by companies to tackle sex discrimination, such as banning alcohol at work-related events, or discouraging hugging, are not preventing claims being made, said the law firm.

Hannah Mahon of GQ Littler, said: "The increase in sex discrimination claims will raise questions over whether employers are doing enough to stamp out inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.”


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