Bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession

A new IBA report calls time on ‘endemic’ bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession with empirical confirmation that bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession

 

In 2018, the International Bar Association (IBA) and Acritas conducted the largest-ever global survey on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession.  On behalf of both Acritas and the IBA we are delighted to announce the results of this survey have now been released. You can download a copy of the report here.

 

 

Nearly 7,000 individuals from 135 countries responded to the survey, from across the spectrum of legal workplaces: law firms, in-house, barristers’ chambers, government and the judiciary.

 

The results provide empirical confirmation that bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession.

  • Approximately one in two female respondents and one in three male respondents had been bullied in connection with their employment.
  • One in three female respondents had been sexually harassed in a workplace context, as had one in 14 male respondents.

 

This report provides a succinct analysis of that data, to raise awareness about the nature, extent and impact of the problem and inform the development of solutions.

 

On Wednesday 15th May 2019 the report launches at the event “Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession” at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London.

 

The IBA will be hosting further events worldwide, following the launch in London.

16 May - Edinburgh

27 May - Mexico City

3 June - New York City

4 June - Washington DC

 

With details of further events worldwide to follow.

To find out more please contact us  research@acritas.com or visit the IBA website https://www.ibanet.org

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