14pc of employees face workplace harassment

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31 March 2006, BRUSSELS — One in seven or 14.3 percent of workers in Belgium were harassed last year and in many cases the problem went much further than a simple case of harassment.

31 March 2006

BRUSSELS — One in seven or 14.3 percent of workers in Belgium were harassed last year and in many cases the problem went much further than a simple case of harassment.

Some 5.4 percent of workers were the victims of physical violence and 2.1 percent were confronted with sexual harassment.

The so-called 'workability monitor' also showed that 4.5 percent of female workers experienced undesired sexual advances.

Harassment was worse in the post and telecoms sectors and the public service, news agency Belga reported on Friday.

Physical violence is more prevalent in education, the public service and the healthcare sector.

The latter two are also ranked high when it comes to sexual harassment.

The consequences for victims of harassment are often far-reaching.

Research shows that 20 percent suffer emotional problems such as depression. Victims are also twice as often absent from work than other staff.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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