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LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Nearly a fifth of employees have been sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior over the past year, according to a report prepared after a series of sex scandals in the British parliament.
The report called for dealing with complaints of harassment in a different manner, and a radical change in culture, which leads some to refrain from confronting their bosses at work, and also recommended sanctions for those who prove harassment of their subordinates.
"This is a great day for parliament and for our policy," said House of Commons Speaker Andrea Lidsom. "The new independent procedure will show that we want to be the best parliament in the world in treating everyone who works here with dignity and respect." This is a big step to changing the culture that parliament needs, .
The report said 39 percent of the 1377 respondents reported having been sexually abused or bullying over the past year, while 19 percent reported "sexual harassment, including a perception of i