The International Bar Association (IBA) carried out a worldwide survey of legal professionals to understand the occurrence of bullying and sexual harassment in the industry.
The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) worked with the International Bar Association to ensure that their bullying and sexual harassment survey had a strong input from the legal profession in England and Wales.
A total of 715 legal professionals from the UK responded to the survey. The findings were published in May 2019.
The report shows that levels of bullying in the UK are above the international average, with 62% of female respondents and 41% of male respondents (compared to the international average of 55% and 30% respectively) reporting that they had been bullied in the workplace.
The survey also reported that 38% of female respondents and 6% of male respondents in the UK had been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace.
The survey found that younger members of the profession (and therefore often more junior) are disproportionately affected by bullying and sexual harassment in the workplace.
These findings are of concern to the JLD.
The government has issued a consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace and the JLD has responded to the consultation to highlight issues which affect its members.
If you’ve been affected by bullying or sexual harassment in the workplace, you can contact the JLD.