For those who do report it, there is a 60 per cent chance their employer won’t take any concrete action or will dismiss their complaint, the findings suggest.
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The results come from an online survey conducted by the new Angus Reid Institute in mid-November, when sexual misconduct stories — about Parliament and about allegations against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi — were prominent in the news.
For its poll, the institute randomly chose 1,504 people from a standing group of panellists and asked them a series of questions about their experiences of sexual harassment and physical contact on the job.
“The results show that while both genders identified experiences of harassment, women are —unsurprisingly — four times as likely to have been harassed as men,” the organization said in a release.
Overall, the Angus Reid Institute survey found 30 per cent of respondents indicated they had experienced sexual harassment or non-consensual sexual contact or both at some point at work — amounting to millions of Canadians.
“Almost two million Canadians … have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work within the past 24 months,” the institute said.