News News & press releases Fawcett comments on Government's call for victims of sexual harassment to share their experiences 17 January 2020 The Government Equalities Office is today calling for sexual harassment victims to share their experiences as part of a new survey. The survey - which will go out to 12,200 members of the public - will ask people about their experiences of sexual harassment inside and outside the workplace; where they experience harassment; and what forms of harassment they have experienced. The survey is part of a package of commitments to tackle sexual harassment at work, including a new statutory Code of Practice for employers to help them better understand their legal responsibilities. The Government recently consulted on new plans to tackle harassment at work - including giving explicit legal protections to workers, such as waiters and shop assistants, against harassment from customers. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has this week published a draft version of the Code of Practice, advising employers on how to prevent sexual harassment in their workplaces. Sam Smethers, The Fawcett Society's Chief Executive said: "We welcome this Government survey but it must lead to swift action to both strengthen the law and put more support and guidance in place for employers. Women have a right to dignity at work. Employers have to take responsibility for their own workplace cultures. "We have had over two years of #MeToo stories and a number of organisations, including my own, have published evidence. We know what is needed so let's get on and do it."