Trade unions in Bulgaria view sexual harassment at work as a matter of protecting the health and safety of employees and as a specific problem of gender equality in the workplace.
The society and the employees are much more sensitive to the general issue of discrimination, including sexual harassment.
921 are the complaints received at the Commission for Protection against Discrimination in 2019. They are almost double the number of complaints in 2017, when they were only 535 and last year their number reached 600.
Sexual harassment in the workplace takes many different forms and can come from a co-worker, a supervisor, or a customer or client. Even though in recent years more victims speak out about their experiences, the issue remains underreported. Most employees are afraid to denounce sexual harassment as they might lose their jobs, be penalized or even blamed. Identifying the methods to prevent and address this phenomenon requires combined efforts and common policies and practices.
TEAMWORK is a European initiative that focuses on strengthening the combat against sexual harassment in the workplace, by enabling HR professionals and managers to recognize, prevent and tackle cases with the aim to create a culture of zero tolerance to this phenomenon.
KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre, Greece
Adecco – Adecco Formazione SRL, Italy
CSCD – Center for Sustainable Communities Development Foundation, Bulgaria
SURT – Fundació de Dones, Spain
OIT – Oxfam Italia Onlus, Italy