The Committee finds that sexual harassment at work is widespread and commonplace but there has been a failure to tackle unlawful behaviours, despite the Government's obligations under international law.
Employers and regulators have ignored their responsibilities for too long, says the Committee, and often legal protections are not available to workers in practice.
40% of women and 18% of men have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace [Source: ComRes poll for the BBC].
The report calls on Government to focus on five priorities to put sexual harassment at the top of the agenda for employers:
“It is utterly shameful that in 2018, unwanted sexual comments, touching, groping and assault are seen as an everyday occurrence and part of the culture in many workplaces.
Government, regulators and employers have been dodging their responsibilities for far too long.
There is currently little incentive for employers to take robust action.
In contrast, there is considerable focus on other corporate governance issues like protecting people's personal data and preventing money laundering, with stringent requirements on employers and businesses to meet their responsibilities.
It's time to put the same emphasis on tackling sexual harassment.
The effects of sexual harassment can be traumatic and devastating, and this is reinforced by the personal evidence we received.
The lack of appropriate support for victims within the workplace cannot continue.
The burden falls unacceptably on the individual to hold harassers and employers to account when they will already hesitate to do so due to fear of victimisation.
The current system is inadequate: the tribunal system must provide an effective remedy for employees.
NDAs have their place in settling complaints, but they must not be used to prevent or dissuade victims from reporting incidents as is clearly the case now.
We expect proper regulation of NDAs and that any unethical practices lead to strong and appropriate sanctions.”