From Iceland — Sexual Harassment Major Problem In Icelandic Service Industry

Sexual Harassment Major Problem In Icelandic Service Industry

Published June 7, 2015

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Julia Staples

Over half of women and over a quarter of men in the service industry have experienced sexual harassment at work within the past 10 years.

Vísir reports that according to a study conducted by the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) and the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference, University of Iceland (RIKK), 41% of those working in the service industry over the past 10 years have been subjected to sexual harassment.

In total, 50.4% of women and 26.4% of men reported having it happen to them. 67.8% of respondents were under the age of 24 when their most serious incident occurred. Over 60% of the time, perpetrators were clients, but there was a sharp divide between genders: men were more likely to be sexual harassed by a client, while women were much more likely to be subjected to it from a co-worker or a boss.

The study also found that women were more likely than men to feel unsafe and insecure at their workplaces as a result of sexual harassment.


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