Law researcher Zoe Lawton’s #Metoo blog has been handed to the New Zealand Law Society, the Society reports.
A copy has also gone to Andrew Little, Minister of Justice as well of all the local law schools.
A total of 214 posts were published on the blog, which is to remain online as a resource.
Zoe Lawton has claimed that she has been ‘blacklisted’ by at least one government agency and by law firms as a result of her blog.
“The vast majority of women who submitted posts have personal experience of sexual harassment and bullying. These women hold a range of roles and at various seniority levels: partners of firms, senior lawyers, junior lawyers, legal secretaries and support staff, legal staff in government agencies right through to academics and law students. The majority of women (60%) were aged 18 to 35 and 40% were aged 36 to 65,” Ms Lawton said in a statement.
“The majority of sexual harassment described in the posts was perpetuated by males in senior roles, such as partners and chief executives of law firms, barristers, and senior lawyers in government agencies that undertake legal work.
“Many women and a number of men describe how the culture of sexual harassment is engrained in their workplace. There are accounts of the after-hours socialising and heavy drinking culture during which time sexual harassment occurred. However, many posts describe sexual harassment occurring during working hours, in the office, and sometimes in full view of other staff.”
Law Society Acting Executive Director Mary Ollivier says the Law Society greatly appreciates the intiative taken by Ms Lawton.