Workplace sexism survey shows ‘disturbing’ gap in male and female perception

Young Women’s Trust survey finds almost half of female HR directors think their workplaces are sexist compared with a quarter of men

Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with only a quarter of men in the same position, according to research from the Young Women’s Trust.

The survey also found one in eight large employers admit sexual harassment in their companies goes unreported, while one in 10 were aware of formal sexual harassment complaints, according to a YouGov survey of 800 HR decision-makers about women’s experiences at work.

A significant majority (63%) of HR directors and decision-makers thought sexism still existed in most workplaces, increasing to 76% among female employers, said the charity that supports young women on low or no pay.

“Too many young women are facing sexism and sexual harassment while trying to carry out their jobs. It is shocking how many employers are aware of this in their own workplace – yet the problem continues,” said Dr Carole Easton, the chief executive of Young Women’s Trust.

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