The Australian Human Rights Commission yesterday launched what it is heralding as a world-first national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, in the wake of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.
AHRC is currently conducting the fourth national survey into workplace sexual harassment, with results expected to be released in August.
Early indications from that survey, Ms Jenkins said, show that rates of sexual harassment have significantly increased since the last survey in 2012.
For Australia’s legal profession, the news follows the recent dismissal from Herbert Smith Freehills of partner Peter Paradise, who has since set up shop with a boutique firm, and the lawsuit against global firm Dentons and one of its senior managers.
It also comes after similar research was conducted in the New Zealand legal profession, in which “shocking” rates of sexual harassment were discovered in the nation’s legal workplaces.