Two builders suspended for wolf whistling at passer-by
The men, who are in their 20s, were working on a council development in Royston, Hertfordshire when they allegedly wolf whistled at a woman passing by. A man, believed to be the woman’s husband, reported them and they were immediately suspended.
Maylim, the contractor in charge of the scheme, have said that they clamp down on any incidents of sexual harassment, with Managing Director Thomas O’Mahony saying:
“Our site manager managed to speak to the person who told him that it was the two young guys on site but refused to say anything more about the incident.
We acted within half an hour of being alerted to the complaint. It’s company policy to immediately suspend anyone who is made the subject of a complaint by the public. We don’t tolerate wolf whistling or any form of sexual harassment. It’s unacceptable, we are in the public eye and our image is important.”
The two builders have since been allowed to return to work, after the complainant refused to take the complaint any further.
Some people have taken a different view to the alleged wolf whistling, with local resident Jane Westley saying she thought the builders were well behaved. She said:
“I don’t think wolf whistling too much of an issue. If I got a wolf whistle I think I’d find it a complement. It’s just what builders do.”
Wolf whistling and incidents what could lead to sexual harassment have been severely clamped down on in recent years, with a number of contractors keen to make sites more female friendly. With more women going into the trades, this seems to be a very good idea.
What do you think about this story – was the suspension deserved, particularly as there were conflicting opinions surrounding the behaviour of the builders? Or was the outcome not harsh enough?
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Posted on August 4, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged builders wolf whistling, construction jobs, construction sexual harassment, construction site, Harassment, Sexual harassment, t4ts, train4tradeskills, train4tradeskills news, Wolf-whistling, Workplace. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.