The Issues: Harassment & Abuse

Key Takeaways
  • Millions of workers worldwide are subjected to abuse and harassment in the workplace.
  • Women workers, particularly those in precarious employment, are disproportionately vulnerable to abuse. 
  • Compliance audits can fail to spot harassment as workers are afraid to report it and laws are not properly enforced.

Everyone has the right to be protected from abuse and harassment in the workplace. This can involve physical abuse, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other types of harassment, verbal abuse or intimidation, from peer workers, supervisors or managers. 

However harassment and abuse remains the daily reality for workers around the world: