20 Sep 2022

From the #MeToo movement: new workplace sexual harassment legislation

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 20 September 2022
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New legislation addressing sexual harassment in the workplace will extend the time a person has to report sexual harassment from three months to a year. The Employment Relations (Extended Time for Personal Grievance for Sexual Harassment) Amendment Bill is currently at select committee stage. It's the first piece of workplace legislation resulting from the local #metoo movement and has been introduced by Labour MP Deborah Russell. Lynn speaks to Zoe Lawton, a barrister and an advocate for victims of workplace sexual harassment. In 2018 she set up a blog for legal professionals to report their experiences of sexual harassment. She later set up The MeToo Collective, a legal charity which aims to match people who have been sexually harassed or assaulted by the same perpetrator so they can report in groups.