There seems to be a difference in perception as to what constitutes to sexual harassment both between men and women and across the generations.
Recent sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein have served to highlight how common and pernicious this issue still is in the workplace. But there are ways to prevent it.
The shocking sexual harassment events which came to light in the Harvey Weinstein scandal of recent weeks, not to mention the subsequent reaction of women across the world, has signalled a sea change in attitudes towards acceptable standards of behaviour.
An astonishing 52 per cent of women in the UK have been on the receiving end of sexual harassment at work, but it’s usually passed off as “banter”. Alarmingly, that figure climbs even further among young women as almost two-thirds have been on the receiving end of said banter.
From Lady Gaga forcing her personal assistant to sleep in the same bed as her, to the boss who asked to snort cocaine from his PA's "exposed breasts", there is certainly a lot that businesses leaders can learn about avoiding lawsuits from the celebrity world.
In a recent US legal case, lawyer Ellen Pao took her Silicon Valley employers to court over claims of sexism, lost her case and was ordered to pay legal costs of nearly £660,000. She argued that she was subjected to a sexually charged atmosphere, denied promotion and then dismissed because of her gender.
Lord Rennard, a key figure in the Lib Dems party, accused of alleged sexual harassment shows the case for conducting a thorough sexual harassment investigation and carefully managing the fall out from what is often a very fraught situation. This is particularly difficult for the Lib Dems as Lord Rennard is a high profile figure in the party having been inaugural in its creation.