Victorians’ experiences of sexism and sexual harassment while working remotely due to the coronavirus

Report findings, January 2021
Sexism Sexual harassment Home-based work Flexible work Victoria

With workplaces moving increasingly online, experiences of sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, and taking action in response, are also changing. However, there has been a lack of research into sexism and sexual harassment in remote working, despite the importance of this work in the current context.

This report details findings in relation to the rate at which Victorians experience and witness sexism and sexual harassment when working remotely, and the instances of and barriers to taking action in response. The report’s findings relate to specific demographic groups, including gender and age, as well as commenting on how the composition of a workplace can impact these behaviours.

Key recommendations:

  • Encourage bystander action in response to sexism and sexual harassment during remote working
  • Maintain support for flexible working even after coronavirus-related lockdowns end
  • Ensure that workplace policies and reporting procedures are suited to remote working environments and adhered to by workers
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