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Settlement Guide: Sexual harassment and your rights in the workplace

Las mujeres y jóvenes en Australia son más susceptibles de sufrir acoso sexual en el ámbito laboral. Source: Getty Images

According to the latest survey from the Australian Human Rights Commission, one in three workers say they've been sexually harassed at work over the last five years. But sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful and shouldn’t be tolerated. If it happens to you or someone you know, there are ways to get help.

Being sexually harassed at work is something that nobody wants to happen to them, but it's sadly too common.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins says that many Australians are confused about what exactly constitutes sexual harassment.

It's important to know that sexual harassment at work is unlawful under the Sex Discrimination Act, and that help and support is available.

To learn more about your rights, you can call the Australian Human Rights Commission on their information line, 1300 656 419.

If you're distressed, you can talk to a trusted friend or call 1-800 RESPECT.

If needed, you can access an interpreter through the Translating and Interpreting Service when calling the Australian Rights Commission information line or 1-800 RESPECT.

To learn more about sexual harassment and your rights in the workplace, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Fair Work Ombudsman websites, which both provide resources in different languages.

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