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8% of women sexually harassed at work report it, study finds

Women continue to “lose out” in the workplace despite the introduction of the gender pay gap and the #MeToo movement, according to charity Young Women’s Trust.

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The charity, which supports young women on low or no pay, released a new report, It’s (still) a rich man’s world, 100 years on from the first women getting the vote but finds women still face inequality in all aspects of work.

 

The report, based on the research of 4,000 people aged between 18 and 30, found that nearly a year on from #MeToo, a third of young women do not know how to report sexual harassment at work and a quarter would be reluctant to do so for fear of losing their job.

 

It found that 15 percent of young women have been sexually harassed at work and not reported it – double the number of women who have experienced it and reported it (eight percent).

 

The research also found that, despite the introduction of gender pay gap reporting, one in five young women say they are illegally paid less than their male colleagues for the same work.

 

The survey found that young women remain more likely than young men to be affected by job insecurity, money worries and debt.

 

The research also revealed that more than a quarter of respondents said their financial situation has got worse in the past year. As a result, the charity said young women’s mental health concerns are rocketing - with four in 10 saying they are worried about it.

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