16 Feb 2018

Lawyer Elizabeth Hall initiates law firm harassment survey

From Morning Report, 7:39 am on 16 February 2018

The government says it's already looking at ways to crack down on sexual harassment in the workplace, as stories emerge of young interns suffering sexual assaults at a top Wellington law firm.

Victoria University has confirmed several of its students on internships at the firm, Russell McVeagh, reported being sexually assaulted by two senior lawyers two years ago.

The law firm at the centre of sexual misconduct complaints says its focus was always on the welfare of the young women involved.

Elizabeth Hall is a barrister in Wellington who is rolling out a survey to investigate bullying and harassment across lawyers in New Zealand. She tells Susie Ferguson the women who have spoken out are to be commended.