Bosses told to be aware of staff ha­rass­ment risk

The Herald - - NEWS -

COM­PANY bosses need to ques­tion whether or not they re­ally do un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in their or­gan­i­sa­tions af­ter sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dals, the UK Gov­ern­ment’s busi­ness equal­ity tsar has said.

Sir Philip Hamp­ton – who co-au­thored a re­view of women in se­nior lead­er­ship po­si­tions – said al­le­ga­tions in West­min­ster and Hol­ly­wood had caused him to re­flect on whether he was fo­cus­ing on the right things.

He said: “These things were hap­pen­ing, and women did not feel able to raise them. They thought it would be an im­ped­i­ment to their ca­reers if they were raised. And that’s a big con­cern, if of­ten strong­minded, highly in­tel­li­gent, highly so­phis­ti­cated women feel they can’t talk about these things.

“So my own ex­pec­ta­tion is all com­pa­nies will have struc­tures to make sure they get a grip of this.”

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