Clas Lundstedt of the Discrimination Ombudsman office says the number of sexual harrassment complaints haven't grown since the start of the online #metoo campaign.
Clas Lundstedt of the Discrimination Ombudsman office says the number of sexual harrassment complaints haven't grown since the start of the online #metoo campaign. Credit: Unn Tiba and Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Discrimination Ombudsman to investigate sexual harassment at companies

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Following the recent outpouring of sexual harassment and assault reports, the agency will review company practices in the media, culture and legal sectors.

The Discrimination Ombudsman is drawing up a list of some 40 companies and organizations in the media, culture and legal sectors after the #MeToo hashtag revealed hundreds of cases of alleged sexual harassment and assault across Swedish society.

The agency will look at how those companies and organizations follow the protocols and guidelines regarding sexual harassment and discrimination.

Agency spokesperson Clas Lundstedt told Radio Sweden that the ombudsman had not seen an increased number of reports of sexual harassment in the workplace following the #MeToo campaign.

Lundstedt explained that he expected it to take more than a couple of weeks since the #MeToo campaign started to see any increase in reports, adding that it was "too early to say". 

The Discrimination Ombudsman is a government agency that works to promote equal rights and opportunities throughout Sweden and to combat discrimination in the workplace and beyond.

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