Morrison must act on sexual harassment report recommendations
Professionals Australia in conjunction with the ACTU calls on the Morrison Government to act immediately on the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s new report, which finds that sexual harassment at work is rife and our current laws are failing to keep workers safe.
Kate Jenkins’ important report ‘Respect@work’ confirms that the right of workers to be free from sexual harassment is a workplace right and a health and safety right, as well as a human right. The report finds that our laws are failing to keep workers safe and makes 55 recommendations for reform, including:
Stronger work health and safety laws to make sure that employers are obliged to tackle the underlying causes of sexual harassment at work;
Better access to justice for workers through a quick, easy new complaint process in our workplace laws; Stronger powers for the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to investigate industries which are rife with sexual harassment, such as retail and hospitality, and positive duties on employers.
This report shows that urgent action to prevent sexual harassment and to tackle the underlying causes of sexual harassment and gender inequity is needed.
We join with the #Power2Prevent group of over 100 community organisations to call on the Morrison government to implement the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s recommendations in full.
Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton says action on the recommendations must be a key reform priority. “The report shows that two in three women, and one in three men, have been subjected to sexual harassment at work. We know the numbers are even higher than that in many STEM professions. The Morrison Government must commit to urgently implement this report’s recommendations.”