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Victorian Womens Health Atlas

Spotlight on Sexual harassment in the workplace - September 2017

This Spotlight is on workplace sexual harassment in Australia and the resources available for employers and employees to address it. Employers are legally responsible for acts of sexual harassment by their employees or agents, unless they can show they have taken reasonable precautions to prevent such acts. Employers also have a duty to be proactive and take steps to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Women are more likely than men to be the victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The impacts of sexual harassment on victims include harm to physical and mental health, isolation and exclusion within the workplace, financial consequences and reduced opportunities for professional advancement.

Violence prevention programs are offered by women’s health services and others, to assist workplaces to prevent and address sexual harassment and other forms of violence against women. In addition, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission provides education and consultancy options for workplaces and employees.

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