Human Rights Commission finds high rate of bullying

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The Commission on Human Rights says that Maori, Pacific, Asian workers, as well as disabled and bisexual workers are disproportionately affected by workplace bullying and harassment.

The Commission on Human Rights says that Maori, Pacific, Asian workers, as well as disabled and bisexual workers are disproportionately affected by workplace bullying and harassment.

It says a nationwide survey by Kantar Public found that 30% of workers have experienced sexual harassment in the past 5 years, 39% have experienced racial harassment in the past 5 years, and 20% have frequently been victims of bullying in the past 12 months alone.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo says her unacceptable abuses are so widespread.

Workers said their experiences of bullying and harassment made them disrespectful, uncomfortable, angry, frustrated and anxious. with some so grieved that they said they were contemplating or attempting suicide.

She wants the laws on accident compensation and occupational health and safety to be revised, in order to clarify the duties and responsibilities of employers to prevent the re-victimization of aggressors.


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