Thousands sign petition in wake of Presidents Club scandal

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More than 60,000 people have signed a petition set up in the wake of the Presidents Club scandal calling for more protection from sexual harassment in the workplace.

The campaign was started on Wednesday after allegations surfaced that hostesses were groped at the Presidents Club's men-only annual fundraiser.

The petition calls for the reinstatement of Section 40 of the Equality Act, which made employers liable for an employee being harassed by a third party - such as a customer - if the employer did not take reasonable steps to prevent it. The section was repealed in 2013.

The woman who set up the petition claimed to have been a victim of inappropriate behaviour at work, and said she wanted to stop organisations turning a blind eye to the issue.

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement shows that those who commit sexual harassment can be held accountable by the people who work for or with them.

Sophie Yates Lu