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Posted on: Jun 18, 2019

From the ABA Journal

One in three female lawyers have been sexually harassed in a work context, while one in two women have experienced bullying in the workplace, according to a recently released global survey of nearly 7,000 lawyers in 135 countries.

The numbers were somewhat lower for male lawyers. One in 14 men reported sexual harassment in the work context, while one in three have experienced bullying in a legal workplace. The International Bar Association conducted the survey in connection with the consulting firm Acritas. Bloomberg, the Guardian and the American Lawyer have coverage of the findings, available here.

Fifty-seven percent of the bullying incidents and 75% of sexual harassment cases were not reported.

“The results provide empirical confirmation that bullying and sexual harassment are rife in the legal profession,” the report said.

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