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Call for action by legal profession on sexual harassment

Call for action by legal profession on sexual harassment

By LIV Media

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Lawyers and legal professionals are urged to participate in a survey to determine the extent of sexual harassment in the legal profession.

LIV President Stuart Webb said the survey, launched today by the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner, would provide valuable data on the extent of the problem in the profession.

“We need to know how widespread sexual harassment is and what type of harassment is taking place, so we can take action to prevent it reoccurring and call offenders to account,” Mr Webb said.

The Law Institute of Victoria represents approximately19,000 legal professionals and law students.

Mr Webb said the LIV stood united with the Board and Commissioner in opposing any form of sexual harassment.

He said the International Bar Association’s landmark report released in May showed that one in three women and one in 14 men have been sexually harassed.

“This is simply unacceptable. We want to drill down into our local experience in Victoria to find out if this is a continuing phenomenon and act now to prevent future harassment,” he said.

Mr Webb said the LIV was developing a protocol for dealing with sexual harassment, through its sexual harassment working group. The LIV aims to provide best practice leadership for firms across Victoria with policies that are adaptable for all circumstances, and are meaningful in their operation.

“We are working with the profession to take action. This includes our law firm partners, the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commission and the Victorian Bar.

“We need a profession that is prepared to stand up and say enough is enough, sexual harassment is not part of the workplace that I belong to.

“Enough talk, it is time to act,” Mr Webb said.

The survey, which is open now, is available at https://lsbc.vic.gov.au

 

 

Contact: Kerry O’Shea, Public Affairs Manager or Amanda Rajendra Media and Communications Officer T: 03 9607 9597 E: media@liv.asn.au


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