If you're a working woman, you need to know your rights at work and when it comes to sexual harassment laws at work, many women are clueless about it and to tackle this issue, Emma Watson has collaborated with Time's Up UK and Rights of Women, a non-profit, to offer free legal advice to professional women in England and Wales.
One in two women experience sexual harassment in the workplace
Whether it's settlement agreements or non-disclosure agreements, this legal hotline has been deemed the first of its kind as Watson said, "It’s completely staggering to think that this is the only service of its type given that research has found that as many as one in two women experience sexual harassment in the workplace." Her statement was based on data collected by the Trades Union Congress in 2016. In order to create a safe workplace for everyone, one needs to know what your rights are and how you can assert them if you've experienced harassment at work. This hotline directs employees on how to best navigate harassment laws and ensures that they are supported by the policies rather than destroyed by them.
This hotline is the first of its kind: there is a dearth of legal advice for working women
Deeba Syed, Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women said, "This advice line’s purpose is to empower women to exercise their legal rights in the workplace. By advising women about their legal options and increasing their understanding of equalities and discrimination law, we will be able to help them make informed choices about next steps including how to navigate the legal system with confidence." The fact that this hotline is the first of its kind goes on to show there is a dearth of legal advice for women when it comes to workplace harassment and the key here is giving them the confidence to speak up rather than continuing to suffer in silence. Starting with her own home first, Emma Watson is showing that even a small step towards accountability can have a massive impact on women and their place and safety in the workplace.
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