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Nobody should be facing sexual harassment at work in 2013

23 Hydref 2013

Following the poll by law firm Slater & Gordon which revealed that 60% of the women surveyed said they have faced sexual harassment from a male colleague, Citizens Advice warns that these figures take us back 60 years and that sexual harassment is never acceptable.

Gillian Guy, Citizens Advice Chief Executive, said:

“Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable in 2013. It is crucial that as a society we tackle all forms of harassment in the workplace. Nobody should have to put up with this unwanted and sometimes very upsetting behaviour. These shocking figures take us back 60 years to the ‘Mad Men’ era.

“Our Citizens Advice Bureaux see sexual harassment problems all too often. One single mother in the East Midlands came to us after she was sexually harassed by another member of staff who became violent when he tried to kiss and touch her. When the client informed her employer he said she was lying, and said she could only return to work if her alleged attacker resigned. This sort of behaviour is wrong and must not be allowed.

“If you are facing sexual harassment you can always seek advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Try to keep a record of exactly what has happened, where and when, including the names of potential witnesses. If you don’t feel comfortable challenging inappropriate behaviour directly with the harasser then look at your employer’s policy on harassment and follow the grievance procedures they set out. You can tell your employer about the evidence you have so they can thoroughly investigate it. If you are unhappy with how the situation is resolved you can ask your employer to ring ACAS for an explanation of their legal responsibilities. As a last resort you can make a claim to an Employment Tribunal. If you need further advice you can also contact ACAS or your local CAB.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
  2. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
  3. To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit You can also get advice online at
  4. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers
  5. Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.3 million clients on 5.4 million problems from October 2013 to September 2014. For full 2013/2014  service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
  6. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.